Recent Blog Entries: Urban Planning
Neighbourhoods that combine a mix of housing, shops, and other amenities make life easier and reduce unnecessary travel, key ingredients to a livable city!
Life for pedestrians in Ho Chi Minh City is a little safer now thanks to measures undertaken by the local government, working with HealthBridge Vietnam and World Resource Institute (WRI).
Cyclists and pedestrians have been literally squeezed out. Crossing the road has become a high risk sport, not for the faint of heart. Do the Vietnamese notice this loss of their own public spaces? I am not sure; climbing out of poverty is probably more pressing.
The streets were full of life: thriving sidewalk cafes with diners watching the activity on the streets, children cycling, musicians playing, traditional actors performing, and a sense of enjoyment of the city.
Our events include various types of playful activities in the streets, to raise awareness of how much more space—and fun—we could have if our streets weren’t clogged with cars.
When a city is completely inaccessible for people with disabilities, where do we start? Or should we just throw up our hands and declare defeat?
It will come as no great surprise that city living presents enormous challenges for encouraging healthy behaviours. Foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt and low in nutrients are seemingly available on every street corner.
My colleagues at Work for a Better Bangladesh have created a video about walking—and the involvement of young people in creating better pedestrian environments. HealthBridge partners around the world are supporting this movement.
The list of benefits was so long that my eyes started to glaze over. Green roofs would mean cooler buildings, helping to reduce the urban heat island effect. People would have the opportunity to come into more contact with greenery and living things; their stress would thus decline.