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How to Design a Healthy Community

 The plan and design of a healthy community can decrease the risks and costs of preventable diseases, injuries, and fatalities as well as support social inclusion. Important components of community design include:

  • NeighbourhoodsNeighbourhoods
    Neighbourhoods provide access to what is needed for daily life as well as a sense of place and belonging for the people who live there.
  • HousingHousing
    Housing is more than just shelter. It includes the social and psychological aspects of the neighbourhood.
  • TransportationTransportation
    The design of neighbourhood streets, buildings and facilities can influence everyday transportation choices.
  • Public SpacesPublic Spaces
    High quality public spaces serve practical purposes, provide opportunities for recreation as well as community interaction.
Date of creation: November 24, 2016
Last modified on: May 13, 2022

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