Health

Ultimately, this crisis will highlight how much we need to come together in the real world, and cities are a big part of that.
It’s time for the fire service to become an active partner in overall public safety.
Grenfell Tower in London
There are no adjacent streets, and fire engines had a difficult time reaching the building. It wasn't always this way.
A remarkable and growing body of literature is telling us that healthy communities need face-to-face interaction among their members, something that electronic media cannot replace. Physical places enable or prevent that interaction.
People tend to get more exercise, leading to a powerful salutory effect on health, in neighborhoods with four characteristics.
A holistic neighborhood plan created with the help of citizens is designed to improve health.
“The hospital can be a catalyst to create healthy communities in which walking, social engagement, and positive economic transformation are facilitated.”
The social village has withered in the US, according to The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community, by Marc Dunkelman. How do we restore it?