Inwood Walking Survey Report

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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Waterborne related disease can be a hazard from stagnated waters located in the Sherman Creek Park area and polluted water in the river located on 215th street and 9th avenue. According to Orkin LLC (2016) mosquitoes tend to thrive in bodies of water that can be either freshwater or polluted and can feed off any particulates in the water. The many bodies of water that surround Inwood, harbor many mosquitoes, which increase the risk for West Nile, or Zika. It is important for community residents to use repellant, appropriate clothing, and use protection during intercourse because the Zika virus can be spread through sexual …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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