Multiple studies show that there is a link between the conditions of our cities and our health, both positive and negative. Wall Street Journal staffer Sandro Gallea takes a look at the physical design of cities and the effects this has on our health as well as areas to improve on in order to create healthier cities. (subscription may be required.)
One of the areas that Gallea highlights is making cities more easily navigable. This is a growing area of importance with the number of residents ages 65 and over set to increase by 35% in the next two decades:
The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute has been pushing for more friendly urban environments for walking and biking for several years now. Its suggestions include adding more bike racks and protected bike lanes, as well as chicanes...and parklets (compact green spaces on sidewalks, where walkers can rest and relax).