Designing Cities for Better Health: If You Build It, They Will Walk
Barrie, a small city on the edge of Ontario’s Lake Simcoe, might not strike many as a hotbed of urban design trends. But a new community planned for the city will incorporate arguably the most sweeping urban planning trend in North America. Harmony Village, which will comprise 1,200 residential units, is being built to promote health, says architect Roland Rom Colthoff.
“The community is about people walking,” he says. It features a network of pedestrian paths, large swaths of green space and mixed-use retail, all intended to combat North America’s car culture.
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