Urban sprawl and public health: designing, planning, and building for healthy communities

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Island Press, Jul 9, 2004 - Political Science - 338 pages
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In Urban Sprawl and Public Health, Howard Frumkin, Lawrence Frank, and Richard Jackson, 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 indirect impacts of sprawl on human health and well-being, and discuss the prospects for improving public health through alternative approaches to design, land use, and transportation.
Urban Sprawl and Public Health offers a comprehensive look at the interface of urban planning, architecture, transportation, community design, and public health. It summarizes the evidence linking adverse health outcomes with sprawling development, and outlines the complex challenges of developing policy that promotes and protects public health. Anyone concerned with issues of public health, urban planning, transportation, architecture, or the environment will want to read Urban Sprawl and Public Health.

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Review: Urban Sprawl and Public Health: Designing, Planning, and Building for Healthy Communities

User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

As suggested in the foreword, it's a great primer on urban planning for science folks, and a great public health primer for urban planning folks. It's a very quick read. Read full review

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User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

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! Read full review


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Howard Frumkin, M.D., Dr.P.H., is professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and professor of medicine at Emory Medical School.

Lawrence Frank is associate professor in the City Planning Program, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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