• Hopewell, VA’s complete streets overhaul shows small towns can be urbanist too

    Via Greater Greater Washington:

    The successes and setbacks of creating safer streetscapes in big cities dominate our imagination, but many corners of small town America are quietly undergoing a complete streets transformation as well. The compact street grids of smaller cities like Hopewell, Virginia that developed before the advent of the automobile represent low-hanging fruit in the fight for safer, healthier, and more sustainable communities.

    The City Council passed the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) resolution in 2015 in hopes of boosting the health of its 22,000 residents by providing them access to outdoor recreation and nutritious food. A new community food pantry and a monthly farmer’s market at Guncotton—a local nonprofit coffee shop—have slowly begun to shift the city’s food culture. However, Hopewell still ranks 127 out of 133 Virginia localities on health outcomes, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Full Article: https://ggwash.org/view/80025/hopewell-vas-complete-streets-overhaul-shows-small-towns-can-be-urbanist-too