By Rebekah S.
Though not popular, poor walkability has become a concerning and eventually lethal issue to the U.S. Citizens, especially marginalized individuals. Traditional zoning has proven unjust and unsafe considering zoning's connection with structural racism. Additionally poor walkability has stunted the U.S. economy, causing it to cause more harm in a holistic sense. Walkability discussions have previously centralized around policies and zoning, yet researchers question the credibility of such . Form based codes present as an optimal method to replenish walkability as it allows for the combination of a regulation of the built environment, pedestrian encouragement and further encourages community building. While the new language and gentrification concerns can be a setback, the benefits undeniably outweigh them.
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Often overlooked, poor walkability has become a concerning and increasingly lethal issue
to the U.S. Citizens. Considering the statistics, marginalized persons are widely put at a bigger
disadvantage, with the built environment playing a key role. This article will discuss the
background of poor walkability, considering citizens, economics, and legalities. Additionally, the
most efficient method to diminish poor walkability will be discussed.
Traditional zoning has proven itself as harmful to these citizens, especially considering its
history of structural/environmental racism. The effect that this has on young children and
adolescents should be considered as well. Safety is an important part of walkability.
Disadvantaged individuals are left in a compromising cycle of being stunted progression due to
this issue. Poor walkability is actually worse for the economy. By recognizing the issue and
solving it, it can lead to a better transport system. The perception of suburbia can be harmful,
especially in means of poor walkability and car dependency. Researchers continue to debate if
legal policy is the best way to address walkability, with concerns of past discriminatory zoning
and suggested alternatives.
Form based codes have primarily proved themselves as the most effective solution as
they regulate the built environment and encourage pedestrianism. Additionally they work to
improve communities at the benefit of disadvantaged communities. This allows for closer
destinations and diverse citizens. Specific regulation can be efficient if done correctly. U.S.
Governments have already started commending it, further allowing for community improvement.
While the new language and gentrification concerns can be a setback, the benefits undeniably
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