2015 TEXAS HEALTH BUILT ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE
Activity: Best Poster Presentation Award
Students: Betzaida Pollet, Kimberly Hopkins, and Nicole Thomas
Course: Advanced Planning Methods, UTSA
During the last decade cities have begun to embrace a changing culture to implement a proactive healthy lifestyle, a community driven resolution to local issues, and encouraging public/environmentally friendly modes of transportation. It is through this lens that the approach laid out for Gardendale Neighborhood was evaluated and assessed.
The main objective that is the focus of this project is to increase quality of life through improving safety and accessibility within the neighborhood. Through multiple forms of analysis, findings show correlations between various variables that lead to proposals focusing on access to green spaces, mixed use developments, and extensions of transportation. It is through exploration of demographics and land use within the neighborhood that drew a clear association to the recommendations outlined in this paper. It is concluded that the proposed additions will create a sense of place, connectivity, and increased health outcomes for the neighborhood residents as well as tie into existing city plans.