The Town That Keeps You in Shape

<p>Prince Charles has initiated an effort to build the world's first "trim town" -- a city form that aims to improve the health of its residents by creating walkable environments.</p>
February 28, 2008, 2pm PST | Nate Berg
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"Prince Charles is backing a new community in rural Scotland that will be designed to keep the weight off its inhabitants."

"The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment is planning the new town with more than 300 homes, shops, other businesses and leisure facilities on land near Cumnock in Ayrshire."

"But it will be the first in the UK to be specifically designed with the health of its future residents in mind."

"The new town, which may be called Knockroon after a nearby farm, will incorporate a range of features to discourage residents from using their cars, and lead them to adopting a healthier lifestyle."

"Every home in Knockroon will be within five minutes' walk of shops, workplaces and other amenities. Streets will be designed to favour pedestrians over cars and be well lit at night to encourage walking."

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Published on Sunday, February 24, 2008 in Scotland on Sunday
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