A University of Utah study has found that more walkable neighborhoods built before the 1950s have healthier residents, with average male residents in walkable neighborhoods weighing 10 pounds less than those who don’t, and average female residents weighing 6 pounds less. City Weekly asked Maria Jackson of Zim’s crafts store downtown if this information should be considered by city planners:
I have always had the opinion you should walk. I walk everywhere. But it would be good if you had stores and places around [especially] with the global warming problem we have now. It’s much better walking and using bicycles. [Neighborhoods] should also do carpooling, but walking is the most beautiful thing you can do. You can enjoy it day or night, and you get to see people, too!