A City Built for Health

on April 28, 2014
Share your experiences of life in Los Angeles as it relates to topics covered in the Zoning Code Evaluation Report.  
Explore this week’s theme: A Healthy City
A City Built For Health 
Maybe the stairs in your office building are hidden and poorly lit so you always take the elevator. Maybe you or your kids want to play in the park but there isn’t one in your neighborhood. Maybe the empty lot down the street was turned into a fast food restaurant instead of a grocery store. These are just a few instances of how our built environments can influence public health. People don’t often think about the link between city planning and community health, but the City of Los Angeles is doing just that. With a new Health and Wellness Element of the General Plan in process, the City is thinking about how the health of Angelenos can be addressed through planning as the City continues to grow. A healthy Los Angeles means more healthy Angelenos.
Tell Us About Your Health Opportunities in the City
As highlighted in the Health Atlas for the City of Los Angeles, the neighborhoods that Angelenos live in greatly influence their health and wellbeing. Your surrounding environment can encourage you to have or discourage you from having healthy habits, which means that where you live can affect your health and longevity. Here are some questions to help you think about your health and how it’s impacted by the places you go:
What are the barriers in your neighborhood to being a healthy place to live? 
Is it easy to get around your neighborhood by foot or bike? Do you feel safe? 
Are there enough opportunities for open space, recreation, and exercise for children and adults? 
Is there a variety of open space and activities nearby for different ages and interests? 
Does your neighborhood have enough healthy food choices? 
Does your neighborhood have a farmer’s market often enough and in the right place? 
Does your home or neighborhood have places for growing your own fruits and vegetables (i.e. vertical gardens, community garden plots, parkway gardens, yards)? 
When it rains, are there ways that the water could be used before running into gutters and storm drains? 
Think about these questions and share your thoughts on MapIt. Need an example? Here’s a sample MapIt post of a farmers market in Downtown Los Angeles.