Health

  • Historic arcade houses young professionals
    <strong>Microlofts at The Arcade Providence</strong>&nbsp;<em>Providence, Rhode Island</em>

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  • A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods
    <strong>Ponce City Market</strong> <em>Atlanta, GA</em>

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  • A mixed-use center for town and gown
    <strong>Storrs Center</strong> <em>Mansfield, CT</em>

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  • Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area
    <strong>Village of Providence</strong> <em>Huntsville, AL</em>

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  • Mercado District | Tucson, Arizona
    A timeless place from the ground up. #thisiscnu

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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  • From parking lot to urban tour-de-force
    <strong>UCLA Weyburn</strong>&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles, California</em>

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  • Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Trumpeting a cultural revival
    <strong>Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market</strong>&nbsp; <em>New Orleans, Louisiana</em>

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The design of streets, buildings, infrastructure, and public spaces strongly impacts the health of communities and their residents. Research has shown that living in compact, walkable neighborhoods improves health by encouraging more physical activity, while poorly designed communities can exacerbate rates of obesity and chronic disease.

Suburban sprawl spreads buildings and activities across the landscape. Where children could once walk or bike to school, most end up driven by parents or riding long bus routes. In automobile-oriented areas, access to parks and green space often requires a car. Meanwhile, healthcare facilities themselves grow in size and scale, typically at the expense of walkability and engagement with surrounding neighborhoods.

CNU advocates for neighborhood design that builds exercise into daily routines and improves access to services and green space. At the same time, CNU members are pioneering new ways to incorporate modern medical facilities into walkable places. Our goal is to provide the tools to allow all people—from young children to the elderly—to live in healthy places.