At the traffic light by the Sears & Roebuck Co Building of Ponce City Market.
Evans, G. W. “The Built Environment and Mental Health.” Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine 80.4 (2003): 536-55. Web. 5 Mar. 2017.
There are many different things that have an effect on mental health, including ones surroundings. According to this scholarly article it has been shown that “the mental health of psychiatric patients has been linked to design elements that affect their ability to regulate social interaction” (Evans, 2003). It is also reported in this article that “malodorous air pollutants heighten negative affect, and some toxins cause behavioral disturbances. Insufficient daylight is reliably associated with increased depressive symptoms” (Evans, 2003). Certain aspects of the built environment have an effect on mental health due to the abundance or lack there of personal control, socially supportive relationships, and places to rest and recuperate from stress and fatigue.
Although this article seems to have an abundance of insightful information, it appears as though it would be difficult to come to a definitive conclusion about whether or not built environments have an effect on mental health. The article states that your surroundings can have an effect on mental health, but people with lower incomes would not be able to afford to live in the same area as those with higher incomes. Therefore this study is inconclusive.
“The Built Environment: Designing Communities to Promote Physical Activity in Children.” Pediatrics 123.6 (2009): 1591-598. Web. 5 Mar. 2017.
This scholarly article, written by a committee of Pediatricians, delves into how built environments have an impact on the physical health and activity of children. It reports that approximately 32% of American children are overweight, and how physical inactivity is a huge part of the reason why so many children are overweight. The built environment can have an impact on the amount of physical activity that children get throughout the day. In this article, the Pediatricians point out how neighborhoods and communities can provide more opportunities for physical activity by having parks and open spaces for the children to play. As stated by the committee of Pediatricians, “factors such as the school’s location have played a significant role in the decreased rates of walking to school, and changes in policy may help to increase the number of children who are able to walk to school” (Pediatricians, 2009). Modifications to the environment that address risks linked to the volume of traffic in the surrounding areas could have a positive impact on the amount of walking and biking among children. Studies show that outdoor physical activity would also be increased if certain actions were taken to make the space feel safer and to reduce the fear of crime. This article reports that there will be new policies in place which will promote a more active lifestyle among children and teens.
When I first walked around the Fairlie Poplar District, I immediately noticed how Broad Street and Peachtree Street were lined with restaurants and shops.. Secondly, I noticed the homeless people hanging out across the street at Woodruff Park, along a brick wall facing Peachtree Street, watching the people as they pass by. At first, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of people and all of the hustle and bustle going on around Broad Street and Peachtree Street. But, after spending a significant amount of time exploring the Fairlie Poplar District, I felt cheerful, carefree, and at peace. This district felt like a cute little city of its own, filled with a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes.. Some of the roads were paved with bricks to add a charming, old town feel to the area. The outdoor seating areas occupied by students of Georgia State University made the area feel welcoming and friendly. The area along Broad Street and Peachtree Street reminded me of a smaller version of New Orleans, with the multitude of people filtering in and out of the restaurants and shops. The various smells of fried foods and coffee, along with the sounds of cars passing and people carrying on conversations was also reminiscent of a miniature New Orleans.
The Fairlie Poplar District, located in downtown Atlanta, is named for the two streets that cross at its center; Fairlie and Poplar. Covering approximately 10 acres of downtown Atlanta, the Fairlie Poplar District is made up of a variety of restaurants, shops, hotels, and office buildings, some of which belong to Georgia State University, such as the Aderhold Building and the Rialto Center for the Arts Building.
Wafting through the air is a multitude of different smells and aromas which seem to be coming from the nearby restaurants and shops, including a hookah lounge. Lining the southeast perimeter of the Fairlie Poplar District is Peachtree Street, which is made up of a plethora of restaurants, including Moe’s, Arby’s, Cafe Hot Wings 11, Reuben’s Deli, and Dua Vietnamese Noodle Soup. The parade of restaurants continues on Broad Street, which lies just west of Peachtree Street, complete with a Subway, Quizno’s, NaanStop, Smoothie King, Landmark Diner, and JR Crickets. Throughout the district there are multiple coffee shops and cafes to kick back and relax at. Walking down Broad Street, the air feels thick with the scent of different foods as students and people fill the streets while they pop in and out of the restaurants and shops that line the southeast perimeter of the Fairlie Poplar District.