New PEAK research sheds light on green space, street usage, community action and other key drivers of wellbeing that could allow cities to chart a healthier path, reports John Surico.
With green space equity, it’s all about proximity and quality
This piece first appeared on City Monitor on 15 October 2020.
Urban green spaces have faced a reckoning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although long heralded for their community and social health benefits, parks took on a new sheen of necessity when public health officials recommended confining social activities to the outdoors. This renewed recognition also put back into focus a sometimes-dire consequence of imbalanced urban development: that cities are often defined by who has access to green space – whether personal or public – and who does not.
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