How can a city with limited resources finance 45 kilometers of trail and park space? By lowering the obesity rate of the population by 10%, generating a cost savings of $45 Million.
The Chihuahua-Aldama region of Mexico contends with a myriad of issues that negatively impact public health, including environmental pollution, urban sprawl, a lack of diverse transportation choices, and heavy development within flood-prone areas.
Regenerative Ecology, Active Transportation, and Smart Growth are three proven design frameworks that have a shared goal of addressing public health. We have drawn upon these frameworks in our design, identifying the ways they connect to and strengthen one another in a continually looping system. Pollution caused by agriculture, industry, mining, and illegal dumping is one of the Corridor’s most pressing problems. By employing Regenerative Ecology strategies, we can do more than restore the environment. We create a system that is healthy and resilient. Vegetation will remove contaminants from soil and water. Reusing waste and local materials, such as tires and construction debris, provides low-cost building materials to stabilize banks and create paths.
Chihuahua is a car centric-culture, and over-reliance on personal vehicles is correlated with health problems--most significantly obesity, a health condition that costs both the individual and larger economy. By utilizing Active Transportation strategies, such as expanding bus and bicycle networks and creating new paths that encourage walking, research has shown a significant dent in the area’s obesity rate can be achieved.Smart Growth guides us to develop new areas in strategic ways while strengthening existing communities. It calls for mixed land uses, housing opportunities, and to concentrate new development towards existing communities WITH their participation.