Crime, Soccer and Urban Planning.

Something to think about, can you fight crime with design? Law enforcement in Sacramento, California think so and they are using urban design to reduce crime in the city.

At first glance, you may not notice the lack of posters on the windows of the minimart at 29th and J streets, or wonder about the lack of benches and phone booths around its gas station. You may not even notice that the gas pumps here are strategically placed.

But everything has a purpose – for public safety.

The Arco AM/PM was remodeled last summer with design features to enhance visibility – and safety – as part of a crime-prevention strategy recommended by the Sacramento Police Department.

The result? A drop in the number of calls for service from the area, Police Lt. Eric Poerio said on a recent visit to the station.

Considering the last batch of fire this might be sage advice.
New developments mask wild land’s deadly threat

Brazil to invest $1.1 bln on World Cup

BRASILIA, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — Brazil expects to invest 1.1 billion U.S. dollars to remodel and build stadiums, as well as for the improvement of infrastructure for the 2014 World Cup soccer finals.

On Tuesday in a ceremony at Zurich, Switzerland, the world soccer ruling body FIFA granted the host right to Brazil.

However, private sector differs widely from the government, expecting the investment to reach some 10 billion dollars.

The Brazilian project includes the construction of four stadiums in the cities of Recife, Salvador, Maceio and Natal, all in northeast Brazil, besides restoring and expansion of 14 existing stadiums.

Brazil was a sole candidate to host this event since Colombia withdrew its candidacy in April. According to the rotation to hold this soccer event it was South America’s turn to host this even

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