The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health Outcomes through Placemaking

Published By
Project for Public Spaces
Sponsored By
Kaiser Permanente

This report codifies and presents the current evidence based on how placemaking strategies and projects--on streets, in parks and open spaces, in housing projects, and in diverse public settings--can contribute to improving people's mental, physical and social health.

It explores how built and natural environments facilitate human connectivity and reduce isolation, while fostering equitable access to the social and economic determinants of health, directly support human flourishing.

It further addresses how placemaking undergirds economic prosperity, but also how leaders can create inclusionary strategies that reduce displacement of lower income and vulnerable families as property values increase. 

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