For Philadelphia, a city with high poverty rates and poor health outcomes, creating more parks close to where people live can greatly improve overall quality of life, wrote University faculty members Kim Douglas and Drew Harris in the Philadelphia Inquirer June 29.
“Can we imagine a city where every child or adult lives within 30 seconds of a green space?” said Douglas, director of the landscape architecture program and the Lab for Urban and Social Innovation at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), and Harris, assistant professor at the College of Population Health. “An oasis of calm, where they can walk, run, play or just relax. Philly has great parks, but too few are near where they’re needed. We can fix this.”