CLADmag issue4 2018

Page 117

With new green spaces, walkable streets and design that aims to promote better sleep, nutrition and fitness, a major $3bn new Florida neighbourhood is taking shape that promises to put the health of its residents first

n Tampa, Florida, in the US, a huge and highly ambitious new neighbourhood is taking shape that is aiming to lead the way for future cities in terms of health and wellbeing. The Water Street Tampa project will see 50 acres of empty parking lots transformed into a wellness-minded neighbourhood that aims to reconnect Tampa with its waterfront. It will include 3,500 new homes, 2m sq ft of office space, 1m sq ft of new retail, cultural, educational, and entertainment space, two new hotels (plus one existing hotel which has invested in a range of wellness amenities) and 12.9 acres of new and enhanced park and public space – all designed from the starting point that they should improve the health of their users. Tampa is perhaps not the first place you think of when you think of sustainable, healthy urban districts. Downtown Tampa is currently congested