159th out of 166 books — 43 voters
Urban Sprawl and Public Health: Designing, Planning, and Building for Healthy Communities
by Howard Frumkin, Richard Jackson, Lawrence D. Frank, Lawrence Frank, Richard Joseph Jackson, Richard J. Jackson
In Urban Sprawl and Public Health, three of the nation's leading public health and urban planning experts explore an intriguing question: How does the physical environment in which we live affect our health? For decades, growth and development in our communities has been of the low-density, automobile-dependent type known as sprawl. The authors examine the direct and indir...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 9th 2004 by Island Press
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This book was irritating. The author's general point that we should walk more, cities could be planned better and that well done planning can lead to positive health outcomes is good and I agree with this. However, his support and arguments were consistently flawed. He only presented the negative side of cars and the suburbs but rarely if ever showed how life was better in the cities or via public transit. I spent the entire book waiting for him to propose a plausible solution but no solution ev...more
Frumpkin gave a great lecture at UW a couple years ago, complete with slides of pedestrian-unfriendly Atlanta locations (many of which I recognized!). His conclusions about the affects of urban sprawl on physical health were not surprising. The implications for child development and social health are less obvious and just as dire.
I can't believe my life has gotten to the point where I am actually reading a 'text book' but this whole urban design with active community environments is beyond fascinating to me. This book is definitely a slow read due to the new urban planning language, but fascinating to say the least!