City planners are taking a stand in their communities, tweaking and modifying existing structures to do away with negative behavior. Cutting down on crime and upping law enforcement, these new urban ‘building solutions’ are sending a crystal clear message to citizens that bad behavior won’t be tolerated.
Some urban areas are doing their best to eliminate ‘bridge sleepers.’
The homeless population of Guangzhou, China found it nearly impossible to enjoy a good night’s rest or seek shelter under the freeway overpass after the addition of these concrete spikes. In reality, that was kind of the point.
The armrest sitting directly in the middle of a park bench has 0% to do with comfort.
As you might have guessed, these metal frames were also designed to keep the homeless at bay during the night.
In reality, some cities are implementing benches that weren’t even designed for sitting.
Known as the ‘leaning’ and ‘half benches,’ these structures completely prevent tired citizens from even taking a load off. Not surprisingly, senior citizens in Hawaii are criticizing the new designs, stating they are unable to simply sit and wait for the bus.
Escalators are actually strategically placed for a specific reason.
Forcing consumers to enjoy an extra long walk around the mall (aka window shop more stores), malls are advertising to buyers while hardly trying.
Street lamp posts can now be designed to prevent advertising such as posters, stickers, or writing of any kind.
City planners in Seoul, South Korea have taken it upon themselves to clean up the city. Covering their street lights in rippled metal, they are cutting down on the ‘trash’ but also making it more difficult for repair workers to do their jobs on the lights.
In some areas, trash cans have changed to include a tiny ‘slit’ or ‘slot’ instead of an open top.
Not nearly the ‘worst’ within the new line of urban control mechanisms, the new disposal design is forcing consumers to recycle.
Businesses are opting for a blue hue in restrooms, hoping to eliminate drug use.
Supposedly, many users find it hard to find to inject illegal substances (including heroin) under blue light. However, Canadian experts are claiming these efforts are only creating a higher level of risk for injury in addicts.
Local entrepreneurs are finding it helpful to install “mosquito devices” designed to irritate teenage ears.
You might have heard this one before! As it turns out, the instrument said to emit a high frequency of sound only audible to young ears isn’t just a myth. Sticking to an oddly shrill and annoying level of sound, these machines are specifically purposed to drive away loitering or pesky teens.
Some might be real, some might be fake. The idea is to keep you guessing.
We actually have the New York City Department of Transportation to blame for this one. Placing hundreds of powerless traffic cameras around the busy city, the government organization realized drivers were questioning which ones were actually real. As both versions had a red blinking light and seemed to be ‘on,’ it was difficult to tell. As a result, citizens drove with a little more caution.
Not surprisingly, they don’t actually need cameras at all…
It’s become a wildly popular trend for city planners to design cross-street buildings with countless large windows, low courtyard fencing, and multiple sources of street-level lighting. The goal in mind is make criminals feel as though they’re in a ‘spotlight.’
What are known as “pig ears” are decorating nearly every city walkway.
First appearing in the west coast metropolis of San Francisco, these metal ‘hooks’ are designed to catch every skateboard and rollerblade wheeler attempting to cross. They have been known to send riders tumbling and are extremely effective at discouraging others to attempt such a feat.
The Camden Bench is actually taking 1st place as the least useful city bench.
Due to its odd shape, the concrete block doesn’t allow for stickers, posters, or legible graffiti, not to mention the skaters who might be loitering around town. As you might have guessed, the sharp angles also help in preventing the homeless from getting too comfortable.
Cities are adopting the ‘Robert Moses bridge,’ hoping to deter buses away from parks and inner-city roads.
Named after the inventor himself, the bridges reflect the architect’s disdain for the homeless and poor. Creating a new structural design for small-scale overpasses, the man ensured only people rich enough to drive vehicles would be able to travel safely under them. Kind man, wasn’t he?
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