Inwood Walking Walk Analysis

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Inwood Walking Survey
Geography
Inwood is a neighborhood that is at the most northern point of the borough of Manhattan. It consists primarily of apartment buildings, with a wide variety of mom and pop business stores. The neighborhood is full of hills and mountainous areas and bordered by two bodies of water; The Harlem River to the north and east, and the Hudson River on the west, which places most of the neighborhood in hurricane evacuation Zone 2 (“Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder”, 2016). Inwood begins on 200th street better known as Dyckman street to 220th street, with various intersecting avenues, Broadway is the main avenue. The total population is 52,051 people, with 73% of the population of Dominican descent. The median rent
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Inwood is accessed by car, bicycle, bus and train. Via car the neighborhood can be reached by the Henry Hudson Parkway on the Dyckman street exit, Harlem River Drive also Dyckman street exit, by the Broadway Bridge onto 220th street, by the University Heights Bridge onto 207th street. Bicycle lanes have been designated throughout the neighborhood for those who choose not to drive. There are designated lanes on most streets as well as on the two highways previously mentioned. Inwood has many forms of public transportation for those who live there. The Subway lines available are the A, with stops on Dyckman and 207th streets intersecting with Broadway. The 1 line serves the opposite side of Inwood with stops on Dyckman street, 207th street, 215th street all on 10th avenue. The Metro North is accessible via the 207th street bridge and the Broadway bridge, both bordering the Bronx (“Inwood, The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park, Inwood Hill Park, Isham Park, Marble Hill, Sherman Creek”, 2015). The bus lines available are the M100, Bx7, Bx12, Bx20 and the BxM1 express that connects Inwood to downtown Manhattan (“Manhattan Bus Schedules, …show more content…
Train yards, city buses and traffic from the end of the Harlem River Drive, contribute to air pollution from diesel engine wastes. These facilities are observed to be within steps of schools and near homes. Per Vivar and Vallianatos (2012) trains yards and bus depots work 24 hours and emit diesel particles in the air which are linked to increases in lung cancer. A link can be found between air pollution and increases in respiratory diseases McCreanor et al. (2007). It is important for residents living in this community to know what hazards they are being exposed to. They can have regular medical checkups to make sure that they are not affected in any way.
Rodent exposure is another hazard of the community. During my observation, the bodies of water behind the Department of Sanitation on 9th Avenue and 215th street, the areas by the edge of the Harlem River are full of garbage, murky water, and waste. It is evident that people are discarding their garbage in the rivers instead of trash cans. According to the Center for Disease Control (2013) illness outbreaks were associated with respiratory illnesses and gastrointestinal illness. We can also encourage

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