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Stacy Sinclair, EdD, is director of education for Media Policy Center in Santa Monica, California, which produced the documentary Designing Healthy Communities. She also is cofounder of EdExcellence Consulting, Inc.
Table of Contents
The Author xvii
Prologue: Why I Care About the Built Environment xix
PART I. HEALTH AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: AN INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1 What Does Love, or Caritas, Have to Do with the Built Environment? 3
We Love Our Families and Our Country, but Do We Really Love Ourselves? 4
For Love of Family 6
For Love of Community 7
For Love of Our Nation and the World 14
Chapter 2 What Is Health, and How Do We Measure It? 15
Personal Health 17
Public Health Policy 23
Environmental Health 28
Mental and Social Health 30
Chapter 3 Can the Built Environment Build Community? 35
Organic Places Are Healthy Places 36
Urban Centers 41
State and Nation 45
PART II. EXAMPLES OF CHANGE
Chapter 4 From Monoculture to Human Culture: the Belmar district of Lakewood, Colorado 53
Chapter 5 Using New Urbanism Principles to Build Community: Prairie Crossing, Illinois 67
Chapter 6 Saving America’s Downtowns and Local History Through the Political Process: Charleston, South Carolina 79
Chapter 7 Reinventing a Healthy City Through Community Leadership for Sustainability: Elgin, Illinois 91
Chapter 8 Ending Car Captivity: Boulder, Colorado 107
Chapter 9 Ports as Partners in Health: Oakland, California 119
Chapter 10 The City That Won’t Give Up: Detroit, Michigan 139
Cure (or at Least Treatment) 146
PART III. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD
Chapter 11 What’s Happening in Your Community? 159
Determining the Health of Your Community 159
Conducting an Audit of Your Built Environment 166
Chapter 12 Who Are the Players? 175
Finding Your Stakeholders 178
Social Networking 187
Getting Everyone to Pull Together 188
Chapter 13 Create an Action Plan 189
Analyze the Symptoms 189
Determine the Diagnosis 194
Implement the Cure 195
Protect Through Prevention 206
Epilogue: Now It’s Your Turn 207