Friday, June 15, 2007

Walkable Neighborhoods Keep You Young?

Seattle Times:

... studies are starting to show a neighborhood's walkability — how well its streets connect and whether it has sidewalks, nearby shopping and welcoming public places — helps or hinders how well its residents age...
Anecdotal confirmation: my wife's parents (aged 82 and 77) live in Florence, Italy, and walk several miles a day to do nearly all their errands because they don't own a car, and don't need or want one. Nor do they need a health club membership, because their normal activities keep them very healthy. They also have a network of neighbors who they can rely on to help them out.

It's a great lifestyle: I hope I can afford to retire to such a place.

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