Since the 1950s, regional development patterns in the U.S. have drawn people, jobs, investments, and opportunities out of central cities. Now researchers and other experts are making a connection between this pattern of low-density, car-dependent development (i.e., urban sprawl) and the health and well being of people. These changes have led leaders to recognize that Smart Growth and other land use policies and principles need to be applied to center cities and economically depressed urban and suburban areas in order to address health issues, such as physical inactivity and many related chronic conditions. The purpose of this project is to bring together a wide array of experts and community leaders to explore the connection between regional equity and the health of low-income populations and communities of color. Policylink coordinated a two-day conference in November 2002 in Los Angeles, California, on Equitable Development, Social Justice, and Smart Growth, co-organized with the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. This grant provided support for: (1) the development of a white paper that explored how the built environment either promotes or inhibits routine, physical activity for residents of low-income, urban core communities; (2) a special panel on the connection between the built environment and physical activity in low-income, center-city communities; and (3) staff support for coordinating these activities. The project was considered successful since the white paper and panel discussion engaged community leaders of low-income neighborhoods in center cities to develop and implement effective strategies using Smart Growth principles and policies that enable community residents to lead more physically active lives.
Amount Awarded $50,000.00
Awarded on: 9/30/2002
Time frame: 10/1/2002 - 3/31/2003
Grant Number: 46754