Erin Mulvaney | BeyondChron

Rendering of a walkable community Beacon Island in League City.
Rendering of a walkable community Beacon Island in League City.

Want to be healthy? Like your neighbors? Drive less? A recent study from Texas A&M University suggests a “walkable” community means less driving, more physical activity and social interactions result when people live in a “pedestrian-oriented, activity-friendly development.”

These types of communities, the study’s authors conclude, could be considered “preventative” health care.

In “A Retrospective Study on Changes in Residents’ Physical Activities, Social Interactions, and Neighborhood Cohesion After Moving to a Walkable Community,” lead researcher A&M architecture professor Xuemei Zhu and co-authors Chanam Lee, professor of landscape architecture, Zhipeng Lu, architecture lecturer, George Mann, professor of architecture, and Ph.D. candidate Chia-Yuan Yu, studied a transit-oriented development called Mueller. Read more