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Community Design, Street Networks, and Public Health (Journal of Transport & Health)

August 8, 2014

CHIS Journal Article

Authors: Wesley E. Marshall, et al

​What is the influence of street network design on public health? The three fundamental elements of street networks are: street network density, connectivity, and configuration. Without sufficient attention being paid to these individual elements of street network design, building a community for health remains a guessing game.

Authors asked the following question: What is the influence of the three fundamental measures of street networks on obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and asthma? They answer by examining 24 California cities exhibiting a range a street network typologies using health data from the California Health Interview Survey from 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

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