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Pop-Up Urbanism to Build Community Health

I enjoyed, but was also a bit disappointed by, a recent Health Affairs article by David Erickson and Nancy Andrews looking at the role that community development could play in contributing to community-wide health and well-being.

Investing in Local Communities to Improve Health

The New England Journal of Medicine has a fascinating study examining the effects of a low-income housing program impacted participants' health--the results of which suggest that, at least in many instances, improving the local neighborhoods where people live does far more to improve health than trying to tackle health problems on a case-by-case basis.

The Right to (Local) Food Risks

Local food activism typically involves demanding healthier food as part of local services, attempting to create healthier, more connected local food supply chains, or, at times, both. Now, it apparently also involves the right to eat foods that pose a risk.

Looking Beyond Standardized Foods

A few months ago, I happened upon an outstanding, if brief article in Wired about all of the processes involved in making a bag of Cheetos. My favorite step, far and away, is quality control, which the article's author Brendan Koerner describes as involving:

What a new Beer can Tell Us About the Future of Local Food

Last week, the Slow Money Alliance posted the results of a survey finding that 98 percent of independent retailers in New England would prefer to carry foods and other products sourced from the region.

The Great Recession and community currencies

The Great recession has brought into focus the role community currencies (sometimes referred as complementary currency) can play in fostering local communities, helping create local jobs, and making small local businesses thrive instead of lose their battle to a national chain.

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