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Plans for New Health and Wellness Area in Bryan Revealed

The Bryan, Texas Health and Wellness Plan was unveiled Thursday afternoon at the City of Bryan Council Chambers. The  purpose of the LRK-designed plan is to promote healthy, active lifestyles and to support area businesses, St. Joseph Regional Health Center and Blinn College. 

City trees and greenery cut pollution and boost health

The fates of nature and cities are intricately related: Nature needs cities, and cities need nature.

System A and System B

When the research favors compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, why does government favor sprawl?

Compact and connected communities improve public health

We know from exhaustive research that walkable neighborhoods reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs.  Three academic studies demonstrate health benefits, too.

Compact street networks support better health

The study published in the Journal of Transport & Health shows lower levels of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Placemaking is critical for the local economy

Do you want your community to thrive in the future? If so, placemaking is a key to making that happen.

Good news on sprawl: It doesn't increase heart disease

Bad news: Traffic fatalities, cost of living, upward mobility, body mass index, obesity, physical activity, life expectancy, high blood pressure, diabetes.

The life and death prospects of community ties

As urbanists, we know that our innate desire to feel connected is nothing trivial.

Health and smart growth: Safety tops obesity

There are two primary fronts in the healthy communities movement — safety and obesity. A stronger emphasis on safety is more likely to succeed with citizens and public officials.

Controlling for poverty, urban places are thinner

Some commentators have trotted out the old argument that plenty of city-dwellers, especially in poor areas, are fat, so sprawl doesn't matter to obesity. The data suggests otherwise.

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