Marcus Hiles urges renters to live in apartment locations with footpaths, explaining that tenants who take advantage of even mild exercising on the trails live healthier lives. A 2008 study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine expands on this, noting that people who live near park areas tend to have a lower rates of obesity; and a 2010 study by the journal Social Science and Medicine concluded that people who reside near larger amounts of green space were more relaxed as compared to others who spent less time outdoors. Hiles, a strong believer in community building, says that in addition to their ability to help lower energy costs and encourage active lifestyles, walking trails also promote a sense of community among neighbors, with pathways encouraging spontaneous meetings and hangouts. Environmental, practical, and fun, shared public meeting places stand as a network of walking trails are an amenity no rental development should be without.

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