Healthy Cities

Vargo, Jason, Benjamin Gerhardstein, Geoffrey Whitfield, and Arthur Wendel. “Motor Vehicle Traffic-Related Bicyclist Deaths—United States, 1975–2012.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 64:31, (2015): 837-841.

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Jason Vargo. “Planning Healthy and Sustainable Built Environments.” In Climate Change and Public Health. J. Patz and B. Levy (Eds.), Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2015.

As part of this edited book this chapter describes the ways through which the built environment influences the global climate and healthy behaviors. It includes case studies from Portland, OR, Stuttgart, Germany, and Denver, CO on the role of planning in addressing climate change and creating healthy communities.

Vargo, Jason. “Metro sapiens: an urban species.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 4:4, (2014): 360-363. doi: 10.1007/s13412-014-0195-7.

The future is urban and the city is human habitat. This piece is a call to incorporate this reality more completely into environmental studies. It appeared in a special issue of the journal focused on Integrating and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Cities and Regions.

Vargo, Jason, Brian Stone, and Karen Glanz. “Google walkability: a new tool for local planning and public health research?.Journal of Physical Activity and Health 9, no. 5 (2012): 689-697.

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In this methods-focused piece, we used the travel diary data from the Study of Employee Quality of Life (SEQoL) from a new mixed used development in Atlanta, GA. A composite measure built with data from Google Maps (destinations) and Google Street View (sidewalks) was predictive of individuals’ walking.