Speaking of healthy cities, a new rural community in Scotland is on track to be the world’s first “trim town.” Prince Charles himself is championing the deliberate city planning, which will plot the health of its future residents as priority No. 1. Scotland on Sunday has the scoop:
The Prince is concerned about the rising obesity epidemic in the UK, caused partially by poor diet and lack of exercise. But he also believes that where people live and the transport options available have a big influence on their health.
The new town, which may be called Knockroon after a nearby farm, will incorporate a range of features to discourage residents from using their cars, and lead them to adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Every home in Knockroon will be within five minutes' walk of shops, workplaces and other amenities. Streets will be designed to favour pedestrians over cars and be well lit at night to encourage walking.
The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment—the organization charged with developing Knockroon—will be listening to locals’ input in order to create living, working neighborhoods that emphasize bicycling lanes and pedestrian walkways, all while taking maximum advantage of the idyllic surroundings. Even the housing, traditional Scottish tenements, will eschew elevators so their residents must huff it instead.
Here's hoping a new healthy trend takes shape!
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