Markets in East L.A. get public health makeover
Three years ago, the county Department of Public Health surveyed 1.3 million adults living in the department’s eastern district, which includes Boyle Heights and unincorporated East Los Angeles. The agency found that more than 25% of those polled had been diagnosed with high cholesterol and 30% with hypertension, both often tied to obesity.

A program operated by the UCLA-USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities and funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is hoping to change these statistics by giving local markets in East LA a makeover. 

Markets in East L.A. get public health makeover

Three years ago, the county Department of Public Health surveyed 1.3 million adults living in the department’s eastern district, which includes Boyle Heights and unincorporated East Los Angeles. The agency found that more than 25% of those polled had been diagnosed with high cholesterol and 30% with hypertension, both often tied to obesity.

A program operated by the UCLA-USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities and funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is hoping to change these statistics by giving local markets in East LA a makeover. 

Can USC Grow without Devouring the Neighborhood?
SC is planning what local officials call the biggest project in South Los Angeles in a generation — 35 acres, complete with restaurants, shops, a six-screen theater, faculty office space and student housing. Will gentrification push local residents out, or is the university — often accused of ignoring its neighbors — be doing them a favor? 
Which Way LA- with Warren Olney 

Can USC Grow without Devouring the Neighborhood?

SC is planning what local officials call the biggest project in South Los Angeles in a generation — 35 acres, complete with restaurants, shops, a six-screen theater, faculty office space and student housing. Will gentrification push local residents out, or is the university — often accused of ignoring its neighbors — be doing them a favor? 

Which Way LA- with Warren Olney 

The University of South California’s Expansion Leads to Serious Community Concerns

Town-gown relationships near the University of Southern California are tense to say the least.

Because the University has not built sufficient student housing to accommodate their growing population, many students have had to seek housing in the surrounding neighborhood. This demand for housing has spurred for-profit developers to buy up properties and market exclusively for students. 

But prior to the massive demand for student housing, those same properties served local, lower-income families, the majority of whom were African-American or Latino. These families, which had lived in the neighborhood for generations, have now been displaced to other areas of the City. 

The University now has plans to nearly double the size of their campus, and local residents are worried about how the expansion will impact their community. Read more at healthycal.org

Wal-Mart ramps up ballot threats to speed new stores

In a push to expand across California without interference, Wal-Mart is increasingly taking advantage of the state’s initiative system to threaten elected officials with costly special elections and to avoid environmental lawsuits.

The Arkansas-based retailer has hired paid signature gatherers to circulate petitions to build new superstores or repeal local restrictions on big-box stores. Once 15 percent of eligible voters sign the petitions, state election law puts cash-strapped cities in a bind: City councils must either approve the Wal-Mart-drafted measure without changes or put it to a special election.

IKEA to Build A Neighborhood

International company IKEA, known for their low-cost design furniture, will develop a 26-acre complete London neighborhood.

“The aim is to create a friendly neighbourhood idyll, with courtyards and a public square to encourage interaction, and the unsightly aspects of life will be kept to a minimum. Cars will be parked underground and rubbish will be discreetly disposed of through underground tunnels. A school, health surgery and nursery will be built to minimise inconvenient travel.”

citycooperative:

via GOOD | How Biking Can Save Cities Billions of Dollars in Health Expenses
“Last week, the journal Environmental Health Perspectives published findings  from a study by scientists at the University of Wisconsin on the  economic and health benefits of switching from a car to a bike for trips  shorter than five miles long in 11 metropolitan areas around the upper  Midwest.
Combining data on air pollution, medical costs, mortality  rates, car accidents, and physical fitness, the researchers found that  if inhabitants of the sample region switched to bikes for half of their  short trips, they’d create a net societal health benefit of $3.5 billion  per year from the increase in air quality and $3.8 billion in savings  from smaller health care costs associated with better fitness and fewer  mortalities from a decreased rate of car accidents…”

citycooperative:

via GOOD | How Biking Can Save Cities Billions of Dollars in Health Expenses

“Last week, the journal Environmental Health Perspectives published findings from a study by scientists at the University of Wisconsin on the economic and health benefits of switching from a car to a bike for trips shorter than five miles long in 11 metropolitan areas around the upper Midwest.

Combining data on air pollution, medical costs, mortality rates, car accidents, and physical fitness, the researchers found that if inhabitants of the sample region switched to bikes for half of their short trips, they’d create a net societal health benefit of $3.5 billion per year from the increase in air quality and $3.8 billion in savings from smaller health care costs associated with better fitness and fewer mortalities from a decreased rate of car accidents…”

ktthecurious:

yeeesss! 

ktthecurious:

yeeesss! 

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