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Retrofit the Suburbs...Or Die

The suburbs- especially in Atlanta- have taken a pummeling over the past few years. Blamed for everything from the housing bust to traffic to the killing of souls, the idylls of green lawns and cul-de-sacs have, for some, acquired a stigma. In a companion piece to the PBS series we noted last week, the former CDC official and public health advocate Dr. Richard Jackson and a strategic planning consultant are warning of serious health issues being brought on by the 'un-walkable' suburban lifestyle. Because kids (and adults) are no longer walking to much of anything- school, the store, the movies- health issues like obesity and Type II diabetes are becoming widespread epidemics. The good news? There are fixes that allow everyone to keep their yard and live long enough to enjoy it. [The Atlantic Cities]