Is one of your new year’s resolutions to exercise more or be more physically active? If yes, where have you been doing your exercise routines? Nowadays, many people immediately think of private gyms like LA Fitness or 24 Hour Fitness as the most effective and/or popular places to get fit. But as we all know, gym membership is not cheap and not everyone can afford it. As I explained in my article Where Do You Exercise, there are other options, such as Fitness Zones at public parks, multi-use trails, the city itself, and the YMCA, which are free or more affordable. Continue Reading Recreation at Shopping Malls?
Rest is defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as “cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength” (verb) and “an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity” (noun). While it may be obvious to all what “rest” is, I started this article with the above definitions to get us on the same page. In particular, I want to make sure that we do not simply equate “rest” with taking a nap or getting some sleep; if we did, this article would be very short! But what I want to focus on are some ways that planners can use to relax, refresh ourselves, or recover strength. After all, even though Business Insider listed urban and regional planners as one of the top “15 High-Paying Jobs for People Who Don’t Like Stress,” those of us who work as professional planners know firsthand how stressful and challenging our work can be. Continue Reading Rest for the Weary Planner
Have you heard of the exercise app called “Human“? I only learned about it last week when I read an article on CityLab that discusses how the app encourages people to exercise or be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day and in doing so, collects very interesting data on how people move in different cities. The article presents maps taken from Human’s website for the cities of Amsterdam and Houston to illustrate how data collected through the app validate the reputation of the two cities: Amsterdam as a bike-loving city, and Houston as a place where people love their cars and don’t walk much. Continue Reading Tracking the Movement of Angelenos
Do people actually walk in Los Angeles? I certainly do, but obviously, I cannot speak for all Angelenos. As a Downtown (DTLA) resident and someone who enjoys walking daily, I was glad to learn that DTLA was recently named the “most walkable neighborhood in Los Angeles.” With a Walk Score of 92, DTLA is considered a “walker’s paradise.” The next most walking-friendly neighborhoods are Koreatown and Mid-City. (Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address.) Continue Reading Walking in Los Angeles