“Our study adds to the growing body of evidence that social and environmental factors contribute significantly to longevity,” says Rajan Bhardwaj, the study’s lead author.
If neighborhoods also offer good access to public transportation that can take their residents further afield, people are apt to walk even more, the study also found.
The city is bringing in researchers from the University of Minnesota to learn about the challenges of neighborhood leaders and to see why others don’t participate in neighborhood groups.
People are unlikely to visit their neighborhood park often unless they perceive the park to be easy and safe to get to on foot, the study found.
The attributes include ethnic diversity, easy access to preventive health care, and the ability to commute to work via public transit or by bike.
Apparently, feeling a close bond with the people in our immediate community builds “neighborhood social cohesion.” And that cohesion may be good, really good, for our hearts.
Along Hamline Avenue, starting up around St. Clair and down to Randolph, many of the buildings, streets and businesses you will encounter are named for someone from the area.
It’s weathered exits and foreclosures, but now the proud old neighborhood is home to a hot new bar/restaurant, Ward 6, that’s a force in a wider renewal.
The interactions of neighborhood volunteers at local gatherings help to keep our streets safe, build community, and make residents feel welcome in a large metropolis.
The bars and restaurants here draw national attention, and the neighborhood is becoming a pleasantly dense, lively, and livable urban village.