|Marion Ceraso, MHS, MA|
WI Population Health Service Fellowship
“…in neighborhoods that foster the conditions that promote good health, one often sees a cascading series of mutually reinforcing attributes that together create prime conditions for health: pedestrian friendly neighborhood design reduces car usage, supports transit ridership, and improves air quality…;
mixed-use development increases the likelihood of locating healthy food and retail within neighborhoods while also encouraging walking as a mode of transportation…”
With the caveat that this is neither an exhaustive, nor a critical view of the city, here are a few positive examples and some random reflections:
|"Virgin Plaza" - a sort of living room for the city|
2. Food venues offer fresh fruit, vegetables, fish. Even lots of the fast food is comparatively healthy.
The city has
varied, accessible and convenient transport options, including… high speed
|Not gross. Delicious. What is it?|
The “ave”(bird) goes over 300 km/h (193 mph)
|Slowing down to enter the station|
4. Bike lanes and bike sharing are relatively recent and very popular additions.
5. Restoration of historic buildings means the city is more beautiful to walk through.
6. Like many coastal cities, Valencia used to “turn its back on the water.” But now the waterfront and beach have been cleaned up, and a pedestrian walkway added. The area is reachable by tram and bus and very popular with locals and tourists.
7. Valencia’s climate allows for clothes to be dried outdoors. Almost no one uses a dryer, which seems like a great thing for the environment, but also for relationships between neighbors, since most people live in apartments with stacked clothes lines and you inevitably have to go fetch your clothes when they fall on your neighbor’s line.
8. Commercial activity downtown and in the historic district is vibrant. One of the things that makes the city so fun to walk around are the classic old stores that remind me of a much earlier time in the US, when small family-owned businesses were the norm. It’s changing fast, but in Valencia you can still find sewing supply stores that sell buttons, ribbon and thread; glove shops, hat makers, taxidermists, fan shops and locksmiths.
|I cheated, this one is Segovia|