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Making Safer, Healthier Urban Neighborhoods

By Kara Miller

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Nightingale Community Garden is seen in Dorchester. Managed by Boston Natural Areas Network, the garden was recently renovated to expand it and improve its accessibility. (Courtesy of Joel Wool)


This week, we think about remaking urban living. In the middle of the 20th century, young families began streaming out of cities, tempted by lawns, two-car garages, and spacious homes.

In the last twenty years, though, cities including Boston have lured suburbanites back, as creative planners brought new patches of green to cities and looked at how urban spaces could foster communities.

First, we tackle the problem of underserved urban communities. How do you redesign environment to enhance public health, to boost exercise, to discourage crime?

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Each week, Kara Miller talks to Boston's most innovative thinkers, examining new ideas and potential solutions to today’s many challenges. Topics range from education to health care to green energy. Join us on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

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As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

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