Category Archives: health

Grocery shopping au naturel

National organic and natural grocery chains such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, and The Fresh Market have become increasingly familiar in cities across the country. However, there are a number of successful local and regional chains that also offer … Continue reading

Posted in advertising, bicycling, branding, cities, coffee shops/cafes, consumerism, Cuisine, culture, economic development, economic gardening, entrepreneurship, environment, fair trade, fitness, Food, food systems, geography, health, history, land use, marketing, natural and organic foods, nature, placemaking, planning, product design, social equity, spatial design, Statistics, sustainability, third places, urban planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dim the lights and celebrate International Dark Sky Week!

Begun in 2003, International Dark Sky Week celebrates the awesome glory of the night sky while also informing the public of threats from sky glow, glare, and other forms of light pollution. In 2015, International Dark Sky Week takes place from April … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Astronomy, cities, climate change, education, environment, fun, geography, health, history, land use, light pollution, nature, pictures, planning, pollution, seasons, spatial design, sprawl, sustainability, tourism, Travel, urban planning, visual pollution, weather, zoning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The DUMB reality of opting-out

In an ironic twist of fate, Southeast Michigan’s  regional bus system is nicknamed SMART (Southeast Michigan Regional Transit). Given the ability of communities in the region to opt-out of participation, the name certainly is an oxymoron to the DUMB (Detroit Unworkable Metro Bus) … Continue reading

Posted in Active transportation, Advocacy, Alternative transportation, bicycling, Bus transportation, Cars, cities, civics, civility, commerce, Communications, economic development, geography, government, health, history, human rights, humanity, inclusiveness, infrastructure, Labor, land use, logistics, Maps, placemaking, planning, pollution, poverty, social equity, spatial design, sprawl, Statistics, sustainability, traffic, transit, transportation, Travel, urban planning, walking, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Outdoor urban stairways from heaven

As a follow-up to last Friday’s post on ULI’s Building Healthy Places Toolkit, this montage depicts images of a dozen of the planet’s most famous and/or intriguing outdoor urban stairways. Aside from the public health benefits derived from promoting walkability, … Continue reading

Posted in Active transportation, Alternative transportation, architecture, art, cities, fitness, fun, geography, health, hiking, historic preservation, history, infrastructure, land use, pictures, placemaking, planning, recreation, spatial design, trails, transportation, urban planning, walking | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

ULI’s 21 great ways to build healthy places!

  The Urban Land Institute recently released its Building Healthy Places Toolkit. The document “outlines 21 practical and evidence-based recommendations that the development community can use to promote health at the building or project scale.” The recommendations are broken into … Continue reading

Posted in Active transportation, adaptive reuse, Advocacy, Alternative transportation, Animals, architecture, bicycling, Biking, Bus transportation, cities, civics, civility, commerce, Communications, culture, density, diversity, downtown, economic development, economic gardening, education, energy, entrepreneurship, environment, fitness, fun, geography, health, historic preservation, Housing, humanity, inclusiveness, infrastructure, land use, landscape architecture, nature, new urbanism, placemaking, planning, product design, recreation, revitalization, spatial design, sprawl, sustainability, technology, third places, tourism, traffic, trails, transit, transportation, Travel, urban planning, walking, zoning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Most congested megacity index for 2014

Below are the results from the most congested megacity index which are based on an interesting and fairly simple measure of street congestion – the average number of stops and starts per vehicle during a given year. Please note that … Continue reading

Posted in Active transportation, Alternative transportation, Asia, bicycling, Cars, China, cities, civility, commerce, environment, Europe, geography, health, humanity, India, infrastructure, land use, logistics, North America, Passenger rail, planning, pollution, South America, spatial design, sprawl, Statistics, sustainability, traffic, transit, transportation, UK, urban planning, walking | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Review of “Inventing Los Alamos” – Atomic utopia and urban paradox

I just had the pleasure of reading a most interesting book entitled, Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community by Jon Hunner.  Part historical account, part urban planning study, Inventing Los Alamos is a worthwhile read for anyone … Continue reading

Posted in architecture, book reviews, books, cities, civics, culture, economic development, energy, environment, geography, government, health, historic preservation, history, Housing, infrastructure, land use, literature, military, placemaking, planning, politics, product design, Science, spatial design, technology, tourism, Travel, urban planning, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment