Broken window theory

We were having a chat this morning with a friend who designs parks about the council’s attempt to save money by cutting back on park keepers. This seemed to us a strange decision because intuitively council spending on dealing with antisocial behaviour would probably go up significantly.

Then tonight I will reading a blog post about code comments in software development and the author linked to this Wikipedia article about broken window theory.  The title appeared directly relevant to our discussion at breakfast. And so it was.  I hope Birmingham City Council take note of social science research when they make their spending decisions. I wonder if they do.