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Alder Lauren Cnare

Alder Lauren Cnare

Home Address:
5218 Kevins Way
Madison , WI 53714

Phone: 608-235-9179
district3@cityofmadison.com
Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
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Food for thought on grocery stores

February 13, 2012 8:48 PM

I know we are all doing our homework for Wednesday night's Urban Design Commission meeting, and I wanted to share some perfectly timed articles with you, about the very subject we are facing here in Madison.

This first one talks about the importance of being able to walk to get food, among other attributes of what the experts call "the built environment" (aka our 'hood) and how it affects our very health. Enjoy this one!

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/30/communities-learn-the-good-life-can-be-a-killer/

 

The second one discusses a topic that is incredibly important to those, like me, who have invested a major portion of their savings - and the bank's or credit union's backing - in a house that we want to not only hold its value, but perhaps increase in value so we can retire and be properly cared for. This one focuses on a new study that supports that walkability increases our homes' values. This is a concern for most building projects across Madison - people are concerned about new apartments, parks, offices, schools and other civic or institutional buildings and retail. Here's the link from a cool Web site called: Designing Healthy Communities. Take a look: http://designinghealthycommunities.org/walkability-raises-housing-values-study-finds/.

 

Lastly, we will have a very special and helpful guest testifying on Wednesday - someone who has been engaged in new urbanism since before Grandview Commons had its first basement dug. I think he will bring us some good ideas!  





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