Urban Design Is Only Part of the Solution

Kevin Krizek argues why 'you can take the family out of the suburbs but you can't take reliance on the Chevy Suburban out of the family.'
December 8, 2003, 9am PST | Connie Chung
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Kevin Krizek, assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Minnesota, cautions "that the relative magnitude of the independent effect of urban design on physical activity may be marginalized less significant once other issues are accounted for." He give reasons for why urban design interventions may not be sufficient for changing households into adopting healthier behaviors. He writes: "Other factors have equal if not greater importance and thus the 'healthy' inquiry into more complex causal links lives on."He concludes that designing a healthy city is a complex matter, and stresses the importance of calling on policymakers "to construct more informed policies about our built environment."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 in Planners Network
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