Healthier Places Through Investment and Preservation

A few days ago the CDC released their recommendations for improving public health through transportation policy. The recommendations bolster both past and ongoing research that connects walkable communities and investments non-motorized transportation facilities to improved public health. While innovative projects like the Beltline and the Peachtree Streetcar suggest that the region’s urban core is making progress towards implementing the infrastructure necessary to promote healthier lifestyles, it is important to emphasize the infrastructure already in place throughout the region. Namely, we are flush with compact, walkable downtown districts that mix uses and provide the opportunities to ditch the car and enjoy the environment on foot or bike. Whether it’s  Marietta or Decatur Square, picturesque Newnan to historic Madison, the building blocks are already in place. By continuing to support these centers and make progress towards connecting them to each other, our region has the potential to be among the healthiest in the nation.

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