Health

Blog post
April 30, 2018, 5am PDT
Despite the stress and pollution of urban life, even the most dense, traffic-clogged cities may be as healthy as streetcar suburbs.
Michael Lewyn
January 24, 2018, 9am PST
Given the fact that many homeless patients end up costing the system a lot more than average, several Chicago hospitals are considering ways to house them.
Crain's Chicago Business
November 18, 2017, 1pm PST
In many locales, instruments like traffic studies take pedestrian health into little account. According to Lark Lo, healthy communities haven't been much of a priority at all.
Next City
November 6, 2017, 6am PST
A piece from the Congress for the New Urbanism discusses the 2017 National Walking Summit. The proceedings included the release of the nation's first walkability report card.
Public Square: A CNU Journal
September 18, 2017, 11am PDT
Everyone has a different answer on what makes a great place, depending on how wonky you'd like to get. Kaid Benfield lists his top 10 ingredients for a healthy community.
PlaceMakers
June 13, 2017, 1pm PDT
As smoking related cancer deaths decline, other unhealthy lifestyle choices are quickly replacing it as a leading causes of cancer.
USA Today
May 21, 2017, 1pm PDT
It's difficult to definitively link transit use with lower rates of obesity, but it makes intuitive sense. Here's another attempt, using county-level data.
Pacific Standard
May 11, 2017, 9am PDT
Life expectancy may be rising in the nation as a whole, but in some areas it's going down. Regional gaps are widening.
The Washington Post
May 5, 2017, 8am PDT
Living near vegetation appears to be linked to a longer life and better mental health—for women, at least.
CNN
April 6, 2017, 5am PDT
The advent of sprawl coincided with a move toward earlier school start times, prompted by a need to coordinate complicated bussing. If students could walk to school, the problem might disappear.
CityLab
February 25, 2017, 9am PST
Data regarding ongoing demolitions of blighted properties in cities across the U.S. has turned up some unexpected consequences: the spread of lead toxins into the surrounding community.
The Nation
February 1, 2017, 5am PST
Susan Henderson shares some thoughts about the alignment of issues contributing to well-being in cities.
PlaceShakers
January 17, 2017, 10am PST
Gainesville turns contaminated land into a contemporary public greenspace to serve as the city's “Central Park."
Modern Cities
November 26, 2016, 9am PST
Traffic police in Mumbai have launched a campaign to cut down on unnecessary honking by motorists in the city of Mumbai
The Indian Express
September 6, 2016, 2pm PDT
What makes for a healthy place? Kaid Benfield points to density of dwellings, intersections and public transport, plus access to parks.
PlaceShakers
February 29, 2016, 1pm PST
Schools can do more to reduce the environmental threat posed by idling cars during drop-off or pick-up. School districts could also improve their buses with that aim in mind.
Streetsblog USA
October 5, 2015, 5am PDT
More evidence is piling up that commuting by anything but private automobile can increase happiness, social capital, and health.
Gizmodo
September 15, 2015, 6am PDT
The Surgeon General's call to action, Step It Up, asks us all to get moving. And that to do that, to clear the hurdles to walkable, bikeable, rollable places. We knew that sitting is the new smoking, and now we have the full admonition to go with it.
PlaceShakers
July 24, 2015, 7am PDT
A new study offers evidence that walking in a natural setting is more beneficial to mental health than walking in an urban setting.
New York Times
June 30, 2015, 9am PDT
The Texas city is the largest municipality so far to sign onto the Blue Zones Project, an initiative for improving longevity. In a nutshell, Blue Zones wants to make healthy choices the easy ones.
Next City