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Healthy Design: Hernando Mayor touts role of design standards

Memphis Daily News
Amos Maki

The road to community health and wealth is paved, at least in part, with some smart design principles.

Density, a strong mix of uses, high design standards and amenities such as bike lanes and parks can produce healthier communities that attract business investment, Mayor Johnson told Urban Land Institute Memphis members this week.

While incentives still play a large role in business recruitment efforts, companies are increasingly focusing on quality-of-life issues when making their site selection decisions, said Johnson, co-chairman of ULI’s Healthy Communities Initiative.

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