The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health through Placemaking

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This new report from the Project for Public Spaces offers evidence-based guidance, recommendations, and numerous case studies to which health institutions, community organizations, and others can refer in order to create and support healthy placemaking initiatives. This study focuses on five key areas: Social Support & Interaction; Play & Active Recreation; Green & Natural Environments; Healthy Food; and Walking & Biking. Read report... Read more

Communicating Vulnerabilities to Climate Change: Summary Materials from the Climate and Health Assessment

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EPA has developed eight communication kits that summarize key points from The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment for the different populations that are disproportionately affected by climate-change impacts. The agency is providing these materials for use and modification by anyone seeking to communicate the health impacts of climate change to a range of audiences. Access the kits... Read more

Cultivating Development: Trends and Opportunities at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate

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How can a focus on food within real estate projects translate into enhancements to health, environmental sustainability, and the bottom line? This Urban Land Institute (ULI) report explores the mutually beneficial relationship between food-based amenities—such as working farms, community gardens, food halls, restaurants, and grocery stores—and real estate. It highlights how the growing interest in and awareness of fresh, local food is spurring innovation in development projects. Read report... Read more

Housing in the Evolving American Suburb

(Source: ULI)
This report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) classifies and compares suburbs in the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States and assesses the key issues that will shape suburban residential demand and development in the years ahead. The report points out that healthy regions and fully functioning housing markets require a range of housing choices for households of different backgrounds, means, desires, and stages of life. Read report... Read more

Older, Smaller, Better in Tucson: Measuring How the Character of Buildings and Blocks Influences Urban Vitality in a Southwestern City

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab used statistical analysis and spatial modeling to measure the impact of older, smaller fabric on the performance of Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. This report brings that methodology to a new location: Tucson, AZ. A collaboration with the city preservation office, this report shows the role that older buildings play in a strong local economy and thriving street life. Learn more... Read more

How to Do Creative Placemaking

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This free ebook from the National Endowment for the Arts is an action-oriented guide for making places better. This book includes instructional and thought-provoking case studies and essays from today’s leading thinkers in creative placemaking. It describes the diverse ways that arts organizations and artists can play an essential role in the success of communities across America. Read free ebook... Read more

Atlas of ReUrbanism: Buildings and Blocks in American Cities

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This report from the National Trust for Historic Preservation serves as a resource for city leaders and urban advocates to deepen understanding of the cities they love. Developed by the Preservation Green Lab, the Atlas of ReUrbanism uses increasingly accessible data about cities to explore the connections between the physical character of urban development and a range of economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Whether you’re a mayor, planner, developer, or advocate, the Atlas of ReUrbanism offers detailed information about buildings... Read more

Urban Sanity: Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities

(Source: VTPI)
This report examines how urban living affects residents’ mental health and happiness, and ways to use this information to create saner and happier cities. This report examines specific mechanisms by which urban living can affect mental health and happiness, and identities practical strategies that communities and individuals can use to increase urban mental health and happiness. This analysis suggests that it is possible to create sane and happy cities. Read more... Read more

Planning & Zoning for Health in the Built Environment

(Source: APA)
This Essential Info Packet (EIP) from the American Planning Association (APA) offers planners a collection of resources to help them better understand the connections between health and the built environment and integrate community health considerations into their planning and zoning work. The EIP is an annotated resource list that allows users to click through to the various websites, APA resources, and non-APA documents collected for this packet. Learn more... Read more
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