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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Monday, July 22

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A well-researched look at the problem of obesity in Chicago that asks the question: when advocacy fails, what role should policy take? Is it ok to outlaw junk food, or change zoning requirements to encourage more people to walk? Is reducing car traffic not just an environmental issue, but also one of public health? (via Payton)

And there are a few pieces of fascinating trivia too: Los Angeles as a city has a higher percentage of obese people than Chicago, and the city has acquired more parkland since 1998 than in the previous 50 years.

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