Is our “built environment broken”

Thanks to Ann Hotchkin I became aware yesterday of a blog called “The Dirt – Connecting the Built and Natural Environments” created by the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

In a posting last Thursday, “The Built Environment is Broken,” the author talks about Dr. Richard Jackson, who was host of the recent PBS series, “Designing Healthy Communities.”

Jackson thinks that our built environment in this country is “fundamentally unhealthy.” Kids have no place to walk, adults drive everywhere, people are isolated, and our government subsidizes corn and soy used in highly processed foods.

The result is obesity, asthma, diabetes, depression and anxiety and we all pay dearly for these consequences.

There are things we can do about this. Make sure to read the article and watch this video about “complete streets” which appears at the end of the article.

Jan

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