TAP: Web Feature: Green Day:. by Chris Mooney. November 16, 2000. "'Broken windows [theory]' is based on research indicating that seemingly miniscule environmental factors -- in a park, things like graffiti, broken benches, and pit bull-chewed swings -- give off the aura of neglect that makes serious crimes more likely to occur. But the same emphasis on minutiae suggests that by cleaning up parks and mobilizing community interest in their well being, it's possible to reach a Gladwellian "tipping point," at which positive change snowballs."