Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How to build healthier cities

Hey--the bikes are on the walking side.
A new study from Washington University in St. Louis suggests eight ways to achieve healthier cities in the future.

The key is to reduce pollution, climate change, noise, and crime (yes, those killings).

Published in The Lancet (Sept 23), the study titled City Planning and Population Health: A Global Challenge," was part of three-part series released during the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly.

Between now and 2030, we will need to find $58 trillion to upgrade cities globally.

Better planned and designed cities will provide multiple benefits--to health, traffic management, the environment, and the economy.

OK--what do we need?

In this study, eight interventions are suggested to encourage walking, cycling, public transport, and discouraging use of private vehicles.

--destination accessibility
--distribution of employment cross the city
--reducing availability and increasing cost of parking
--designing pedestrian and cycle-friendly networks
--optimal levels of residential density
--reducing distance to public transport
--increasing diversity (no ghettos)

Sounds good.

I once lived in a planned community--Reston, Virginia. It was kind of like a  little toy train town, townhouses, golf courses, little scenic lakes...But I read recently that it was deteriorating.

Can you have a beat-down golf course community? I guess.




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