The fates of nature and cities are intricately related: Nature needs cities, and cities need nature.
When the research favors compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, why does government favor sprawl?
We know from exhaustive research that walkable neighborhoods reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three academic studies demonstrate health benefits, too.
The study published in the Journal of Transport & Health shows lower levels of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Do you want your community to thrive in the future? If so, placemaking is a key to making that happen.
Bad news: Traffic fatalities, cost of living, upward mobility, body mass index, obesity, physical activity, life expectancy, high blood pressure, diabetes.
As urbanists, we know that our innate desire to feel connected is nothing trivial.
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.
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.
Claims related to community design and health should be modest. Yet with health care consuming more than 17 percent of the US economy, even a modest improvement can make a significant impact.
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