Monday, March 28, 2005

Obesity and Urban Design

The fact that there is a link between the built environment and health is old news. That fact should not impair us from mentioning this article appearing in the Boulder Daily Camera discussing current attempts throughout the US at making suburban areas more conducive to walking, biking, and other types of "active living."

While retrofitting suburbia to be more human-centric may be challenging, the more that linkages like this are made the more likely an urban "consciousness" will be regenerated--which is essential to making US urban development more sensible.

Suburban sprawling development is so inane on many levels--health, economics, social connectedness--and the urban alternatives so appealing, I would posit that a talented politician could fuse a mighty appealing vision for American life. Perhaps a Marshall Plan for saving our suburbs could be an attractive mantra?