Study says older, more compact cities are healthier

David Quick Article Aug 19 2014 10:08 am
A new study says that older, more compact cities tend to have healthier populations because the cities tend to be more conducive to walking and biking.

A new study says that older, more compact cities tend to have healthier populations because the cities tend to be more conducive to walking and biking. David Quick/Staff

A new study confirms what new urbanist planners have been saying for years: Historic cities (those built before the auto and highway booms of the 1950’s) are more compact, easier to walk or bike and make for a generally healthier population.

Yet as “no-duh” as this study seems to be, the findings give even more fodder to local planning and health advocates calling for retrofits to and more investment in the greater Charleston area’s sidewalks, bike facilities and design and more thoughtfulness for future development.

Kurt Cavanaugh, the new executive director of Charleston Moves, says peninsular Charleston is an example of how compact design, such as narrow streets and ample retail, combines with “postcard beauty . for the ingredients for a wonderful urban experience.”

But more work needs to be

 

 

 

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