Can Land Use Decisions Prevent Violence?


  • How land-use decisions and investments shape the root causes of violence and how resilience efforts can keep communities safe
  • Tools and strategies to support effective collaboration between violence-prevention and land-use professionals
  • What is needed to build violence-prevention strategies into land-use policies and practices


Violence is preventable, yet it is a persistent problem, both in the United States and globally. Land-use and planning strategies can profoundly shape how communities are designed, whose perspectives are included in planning processes, and how land-use policies are implemented. With an eye toward creating safer communities for all residents, practitioners working to prevent violence can — and should — work alongside planners and policymakers to enhance community safety. Land-use decisions and investments can either perpetuate historical inequities or uplift resources, institutions, and opportunities that foster civic participation, community connectedness, and neighborhood empowerment— all key violence-prevention strategies. Speakers illuminate the connections between land-use decisions, crime, trauma, violence prevention, and public health. Learn about community-based initiatives in Los Angeles that prevent violence through land-use approaches, and innovative land-use policies that center equity, safety, and health. Speakers explore how people working on land-use, transportation, food, housing, violence prevention, public health can effectively collaborate to support community safety and well being, as well as scale up successful programs into policy and systems change.