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Monday, September 27, 2004

Sprawl Crawl 

We all know that living in the suburbs sucks away your soul. Now, there's evidence that it's also harmful to your health. This isn't exactly news, as there've been numerous recent studies linking sprawl to obesity and underexercise, but this just adds to the pile.

In my work, I've seen lots of these studies, and so have more info than that little release gives. The moral of the story is that communities need to be built in such ways as to encourage people to walk and bike, in stead of drive everywhere. To do this, things like grocers, shops and schools need to be close enough to get to without driving. Also, less parking makes places prettier in addition to discouraging unnecessary drivers.

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