I'm writing a scientific paper and I want a more concise phrase. What's the best phrase with the same semantics as a replacement with 'streets general natural surveillance', which means how much the pedestrians or residents can observe the street and its events and incidents?

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    It's hard to understand what "streets general natural surveillance" means. Can you give us the complete sentence that it appears in? – stangdon Jul 23 '18 at 21:12
  • I don't know if grapevine or word on the street are suitable for a scientific paper. – Weather Vane Jul 23 '18 at 21:16
  • Sorry, I don't understand what do you mean about grapevine? I think it's completely irrelevant sir. – Afshin Salehi Jul 23 '18 at 21:21
  • Not sure if you're trying to get across the idea or view or perspective, but try synonyms: thesaurus.com/browse/view? – DrMoishe Pippik Jul 23 '18 at 21:26
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    Neighborhood watch programs are very common in the US. Also check National Neighborhood Watch. – user3169 Jul 24 '18 at 0:08

If a street is straight and has no trees or shrubbery that would obstruct line-of-sight, we could say that the thoroughfare is open to view for pedestrians on the sidewalk as well as for operators of vehicles, and for anyone with a window that opens out onto the street. They all can see, to varying degrees, what is happening on the street. They have an open view of the street. You can refer to the street's openness to view or openness of view.

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