The “A healthy city for all: Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy 2014 - 2025” page on the City of Vancouver’s website made for a very interesting read.
Have a look at the excerpt from the background section of the page below…
Work leading up to this Healthy City Strategy
Historically, urban planning and public health came together to address the most pressing challenges of the new industrial cities of the 19th century, which were marked by overcrowding, unsanitary and inhumane conditions, and rampant disease.
Increasingly, urban planning and public health are re-connecting to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century city – such as growing income inequality, increasingly unaffordable housing, and significant mental health and addiction issues. These and other complex issues are bringing the need for holistic healthy city planning once again to the fore.