Having access to a nearby park or open space is "priceless," but can an actual monetary value be placed on living near a green space? Several studies attempt to answer that question.
Health-related behaviors, like many others, can be influenced by the physical environment. This book’s aim is to elucidate the connection.
What influence does urban design have on human health at the scale of individual buildings and surroundings, neighborhoods, and towns and regions? Laura Jackson (National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, EPA) surveyed the literature.
One of the often-touted goals of neotraditional neighborhood design is to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment—one where residents walk and bike to local attractions, rather than drive. Several recent studies look at how people’s actions may support or hinder those aims.
One of the feature articles in our last issue (October 2002, p. 1) covered two studies on walking behavior and neighborhood aesthetics. Three more studies also conclude that neighborhood design affects who walks, and how often then walk.
Neal Kumar Katyal of the Georgetown University Law Center breaks that mind-set and reviews in detail several effective design strategies to reduce crime.