the healthy suburb myth

and you thought you moved there because it was healthier:
Dr. Sturm and a colleague, Dr. Deborah Cohen, a RAND researcher and physician, released a study last fall that found that people who live in sprawling suburban areas are less healthy in certain areas - mostly associated with exercise, or the lack of it - than those who live in compact urban neighborhoods.
from the nytimes

so not only are the suburbs bad for our forests, our open space and our farms - they are bad for you too. you think we'd realize by now that what is unsustainable for 'nature' (because there's a constructed connotation we are different) is bad for people. but then again, suburbs are unsustainable by our own constructed standards - requiring ever higher taxes to pay for massive, under-utilized infrastructures.

i guess people just don't make sense.


At 6/15/2006 4:11 PM, Anonymous me said...



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