Building Healthy Corridors

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The ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative held a Healthy Corridors workshopin Boise, Idaho, on June 18, 2015, to examine a 1.7-mile segment of Vista Avenue. The workshop was conducted with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Colorado Health Foundation   to investigate best practices to reinvent under-performing suburban and urban arterials in health-promoting ways. This work will help advance efforts to foster places that promote health for the people who live, work, and travel on these streets.local-workshopOneC1TY - ULI Conferencelocal-workshop

Building Healthy Corridors: Transforming Urban and Suburban Arterials into Thriving Places explores strategies for transforming commercial corridors—found in nearly every community across the United States—into places that support the health of the people who live, work, and travel along them. This report is the result of a two-year project that involved partnerships with four communities in the United States that are working to improve a specific corridor in ways that positively affect health.

This report and the supplemental materials below serve as resources and references for those who are undertaking corridor redevelopment efforts. The report highlights the importance of health in decision-making processes; and it provides guidance, strategies, and insights for reworking corridors in health-promoting ways.

ULI is grateful to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, and the ULI Foundation for their support of this project and the Building Healthy Places Initiative.

Download the Report Download Report Flyer Buy the Print Edition

Supplemental Materials

Strategy and Resource Guide

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Healthy Corridor Audit Tool

Local Workshop: Draft Agenda

National Study Visit: Draft Agenda

ULI Healthy Corridors Project: Demonstration Corridors

Federal Boulevard | Denver, Colorado

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Vista Avenue | Boise, Idaho

Van Nuys Boulevard | Los Angeles, California

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Charlotte Avenue | Nashville, Tennessee

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Redeveloped Corridors: Project Profiles

Columbia Pike | Arlington, Virginia

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Aurora Avenue North | Shoreline, Washington

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Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, Ohio

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Short North Arts District | Columbus, Ohio

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Edgewater Drive | Orlando, Florida

Second Street | Rochester, Minnesota

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Media Links

Urban Land Institute to Boise, ACHD: Vista Neighborhood Isn’t a ‘Gateway,’ It’s a Go-Through

Study blueprints a healthier, welcoming Charlotte Avenue

Pounding the Pavement for Better Health

A Healthier, More Connected Future for Underperforming Commercial Corridors

Facelift of Federal Boulevard in Adams County to put road on national stage

Learn More

Have questions about Building Healthy Corridors: Transforming Urban and Suburban Arterials into Thriving Places or ULI’s Healthy Corridors project? Please visit the Healthy Corridors project page or email health@uli.org.

What is a Healthy Corridor?

A healthy corridor has land uses and services that allow residents and visitors to make healthy lifestyle choices more easily.

A healthy corridor is a place that reflects the culture of the community, promotes social cohesion, inspires and facilitates healthy eating and active living, provides and connects to a variety of economic and educational opportunities and housing and transportation choices, and adapts to the needs and concerns of residents.