Comment 38941

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted March 21, 2010 at 09:33:11

Sorry, schmadrian, but if anything here comes across as "fixated" and "grasping onto an ideology at all costs", it's your own despairing, oversocialized and binary view of human motivation.

Decades of failed environmental activism have demonstrated clearly that moral suasion does not work. Similarly, lecturing people to eat more greens and get some exercise will have a minimal impact.

But change the framework of incentives in which people make personal choices, and you'll change the aggregate results of those choices. Part of that framework is the built environment through which people make choices to travel.

Speaking of "actually examining the evidence":

  • Sick of Sprawl

    A new report by the Ontario College of Family Physicians casts a harsh light on sprawl in Ontario, identifying the multifarious interconnected ways that low-density development affect health.

  • Even When They Don't Hit You...

    The Heart and Stroke Foundation has, ah, weighed in on suburbia with a new study that further confirms all the research into sedentary, car-based lifestyles and long-term health. As Foundation spokesperson Dr. Anthony Graham said in the related news release, "our car-dependent habits are killing us."

  • Interactive Obesity Map

    Notice that the biggest gains in obesity seem to be correlated geographically with the fastest growing suburbs of the new American south.

  • More evidence of Sprawl Health Effects

    Titled, "Healthy Communities, Sustainable Communities", the report by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) concludes that those of us living in car-dependent neighbourhoods face a higher risk of diabetes, obesity and heart-related illnesses. "There's no question there's a connection between obesity, diabetes and heart-related diseases and the built environment, specifically sprawl," said co-author George McKibbon.

Of course the built environment isn't the only factor, but it contradicts the evidence to suggest that it's mostly irrelevant.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2010-03-21 11:32:03

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