As places celebrating athletic discipline and active lives, professional sports stadiums should energize physical activity and empower health. Unfortunately, the sports-entertainment giant Anshutz Entertainment Group’s (AEG)proposal for a football stadium and new Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles will hurt surrounding communities. The proposed stadium will permanently change the landscape–and harm the health–of downtown Los Angeles.
As physicians, we know our patients’ health is shaped more by where and how they live than by what pills they take. The residents near the proposed development already suffer from hypertension, diabetes and obesity at substantially higher rates than in other parts of the City and County.
In response to worries about the potential negative impacts of this project, community groups worked with local residents and a reputed consulting firm, Human Impact Partners, to conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of AEG’s proposed Farmers’ Field downtown development.
The study reveals that the Farmers Field project has the very real potential to increase air and noise pollution, to unfairly displace low income residents, and to pose public safety threats to long term residents of the communities of South Park, Pico Union and Central City areas of downtown. Fortunately, the assessment contains community and evidence-based recommendations to reduce these threats to health.
To read the full article by Richard Jackson and Rishi Manchanda on STREETSBLOG.org click here.