Broken Window Theory

“Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of trash from take-out restaurants there or breaking into cars.  One example of disorder, like graffiti or littering, can indeed encourage another, like stealing.”

This paragraph was published in an article in The Atlantic Monthly entitled “Broken Windows” written by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in March of 1982.  This theory has been repeatedly tested in various locations – in New York under Rudy Giuliani when he cleaned up the subways and the neighborhoods and reduced crime; in Lowell, MA which resulted in a 20% reduction in crime; and in Albuquerque, NM to reduce roadway lawlessness.

So what does this have to with concrete sealing??  Simple – maintain your concrete by cleaning it, making the necessary repairs, and sealing it to prolong its useful life and your home looks better and so does your neighborhood.  If you live in a homeowner’s association, require that everyone in your neighborhood do the same thing.  Maintain the concrete at your commercial property.  One example of disorder, like cracked, dirty, or broken concrete, can indeed encourage another, like petty theft or vandalism.

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This is Connie Hernandez writing for and ReUse Concrete Sealing. I love all things green and I love all things concrete. Ten years ago I knew nothing about the world of concrete and now that I know more - it has become totally fascinating. There is so much to talk about regarding the concrete things in life. I will be posting weekly to start and if this catches on - I will be posting more frequently. As long as you keep it positive, clean, and useful -- anyone is welcome to: ♦ comment ♦ ask questions ♦ become part of the conversation I will try to respond promptly to every comment, question, etc. And from time to time I hope to be able to feature guest bloggers. I love participation and lively debate. ~Connie
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