ULI Housing Leaders Join Partnership for a Healthier America, a Coalition of Industries Fighting Obesity

Vitus Group recently completed a major renovation to Meadowbrook Apartments, which provides 440 units of affordable housing to families in San Diego. The renovations including new playgrounds, landscaping, and a community garden for the complex's 1,200 residents.

The Partnership for a Healthier America is keen to recruit to its network developers of affordable and mixed-income housing, which serve poor individuals and families who often have worse health outcomes than the population at large, including higher rates of obesity, chronic disease, and premature mortality. Among PHA’s list of partners are two active ULI members who see their inclusion in PHA as a way to elevate an issue they care deeply about—using housing as a tool to improve the health among residents and the quality of life in their communities. …
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From Dismal to Great: Recap and Resources from Healthy Corridors Concurrent Session at Fall Meeting

Panel participants, from right to left: Melani V. Smith. AICP, Principal, Melendrez; Sharon Roerty, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; David Thorpe, VP Shaw Construction; Ben Quintana, Council Member, City of Boise; John Vick, Research Analyst, Division of Epidemiology & Research, Metro Nashville Public Health Department; and Joaquin Torres, Deputy Director, Office of Economic & Workforce Development, City of San Francisco

Many communities are working hard to craft a healthier, more connected future. But too often, underperforming commercial corridors stand in the way. These places, with auto-oriented infrastructure, fast moving traffic, few street trees or pedestrian amenities, spread out land use patterns, and other challenges, may yet represent the last great smart growth and infill opportunity….
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Trustee Colleen Carey Aspires to Build a Health-Focused Community in Lyndale Gardens

Rendering of the main plaza in  Lyndale Gardens, a proposed mixed-use development in Richfield, MN.

ULI Trustee Colleen Carey aims to build a health-focused community in Lyndale Gardens in Richfield, a growing suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her firm has ambitious plans to build public-facing infrastructure to serve all Richfield residents, not merely the development’s future tenants. These amenities include an amphitheater, walking trails, public plazas and a children’s splash pad, as well as farmers market and community meeting space. …
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