In the past, we Cyburbians have complained that presidential candidates almost never had an urban agenda; issues affecting the built environment were just not on the radar screen.
Reading Barack Obama's campaign Web site, I noticed this item:
What do you think? Are there any other candidates that seem to be addressing the built environment in their agenda?Fostering Healthy Communities
How a community is designed -- including the layout of its roads, buildings and parks -- can have a huge impact on the health of its residents. For instance, nearly one-third of Americans live in neighborhoods without sidewalks and less than half of our country's children have a playground within walking distance of their homes. This lack of a safe place to walk and play is a major contributor to the growing numbers of overweight children. Senator Obama introduced the Healthy Places Act to help state and local governments assess the health impact of new policies or projects, whether it is a new highway or shopping center. Once the health impact is determined, the bill gives grant funding and technical assistance to help address potential health problems.
Let's keep this on-topic, and prevent it from turning into a politics thread.