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UTA urban researcher shows impact of urban sprawl on life expectancy, innovation hubs

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Thomas Brazier
Jul 03, 2018 19:47
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Shima Hamidi, UTA assistant professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, and two directors of the National Institutes of Health have published Associations between Urban Sprawl and Life Expectancy in the United States in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

"Changes in urban planning and the way we build things have to be made to help with this challenge."

The Costs of Sprawl, written by Hamidi, who also is executive director of The University of Texas at Arlington's Institute of Urban Studies, and Reid Ewing, professor at the University of Utah, originates in studies that were funded from National Institutes of Health and Ford Foundation.

In the book, Hamidi and Ewing used 21 criteria in evaluating quality-of-life issues among residents who live in major metropolitan statistical areas.

This book shows that life expectancy, economic mobility, transportation choices and personal health and safety all improve in less sprawling areas.

"What the study shows is that alternatives like the green building movement have to become society's staple and not the exception," Hamidi said.

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