January 12, 2017
Source: Project for Public Spaces, Inc
Place matters for health. It is well documented that one's zip code can be a more reliable determinant of health than their genetic code.
This report codifies and presents the current evidence based on how placemaking strategies and projects—on a community's streets, in parks and open spaces, in housing projects, and in diverse public settings—can contribute to improving people's mental, physical and social health. It explores how built and natural environments that facilitate human connectivity and reduce isolation, while fostering equitable access to the social and economic determinants of health, directly supports human flourishing. It further addresses how placemaking undergirds economic prosperity, but also how leaders can create inclusionary strategies that reduce displacement of lower income and vulnerable families as property values increase.