Ten social benefits of walkable places We shape our cities and then they shape us.

Winston Churchill insightfully said of architecture, “we shape our buildings and thereafter they shape us.” That statement is even more true of communities and urban planning. Cities and towns are architecture writ large. Their assembly, often involving thousands of buildings, thoroughfares, and public spaces, impacts nearly every aspect of our lives.

A research report called Cities Alive by Arup, a multinational engineering and design firm, enumerated two score and ten benefits of walkable places, in four categories: Social, economic, environmental, and political. This article focuses on social benefits, those that directly impact the well-being of people, along with their neighbors and community members. Here’s a list of 10 social benefits of designing and building human-scale cities and towns.

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