Healthy Cities: Past, Present and Future
University of Victoria
The health of urban populations is to a large extent a function of the physical and social urban environment in which they live; to be healthy, people need healthy cities. This raises two simple but profound questions: What is a healthy city, and how do we get one? In this presentation I will begin by discussing the concept of a healthy city as it has evolved over the past 150 years or so. I will then discuss my own involvement in developing and implementing this concept in Europe and North America in the past 30 years, and some of the insights I have gained. I will end by discussing what I see as the major challenges we face if we are to create healthier cities in the 21st century, both in Canada (and especially here in Victoria) and globally.