Social Sciences

There Are Actual Differences Between Streets And Roads

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Streets, roads, avenues, boulevards...they're all pretty much the same thing, right? Not really. Though the words might be interchangeable in everyday language, there are real differences. Discover what they are below.

How Streets, Roads, And Avenues Are Different

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Older cities tend to have compact grid patterns, as opposed to more modern "tree" patterns. 00:24

  2. A 2014 study found that cities with more intersections had lower rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. 00:51

  3. Neighborhoods with large retail stores had obesity and diabetes rates that were 14% and 25% higher, respectively, than neighborhoods without the stores. 01:02

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