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Windshield Survey

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By: Jennifer Bridges & Dustin Smith Columbia, MO Ward 3
Windshield Survey Ward 3 Ward 3 Summary Located in Boone County primarily in Northeast Columbia.
Boone County is the 6th healthiest county in the state of Missouri.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the current population of Columbia is 108,500.
Population breakdown for Columbia
Male 78,950
Female 83,692
Median Age 29.6
Income breakdown for Columbia
Mean $41,006
Median $60,183
Ethnicity breakdown for Columbia
White 134,621
African-American 15,111
Asian 6,144
Other 10,185 Not many people were seen outside their homes due to cold weather. However, there are so many different types of services and homes that it can be assumed the population consists of older, younger, and single people, along with families.
The population does not appear to be homogeneous.
Not many people were observed out and about. The few that were observed were people expected to be in the area. Policemen were even present in the area.
There was not much interaction with the few that were out. However, they did not appear unfriendly.
The dress of those seen out was representative of what was expected for the area and the activities people were engaging in.
Both Caucasian and African Americans were seen out in the neighborhoods.
The majority of people seen driving were around the lunch hour taking breaks from work.
Besides people, the animals that were seen were mostly wildlife such as squirrels and birds.
There are not many indicators of different ethnic groups in Ward 3. There were no visible signs of multiple languages. The only language that was heard was English. There were no ethnic stores or restaurants. People, Ethnicity, &
Demographics Health Concerns of Ward 3 Ward 3 is a rather large area that contains residences as well as industrialized businesses.
This area is diverse in population and income.
Overall, the area is maintained well, but there are a few health concerns that are easily identifiable.
These concerns are obesity, air pollution, and sanitation.
Suggestions to help improve health in the area would include:
Adding more sidewalks, bike lanes, recreational facilities, and healthier food options.
Creating a carpool system in the town and adding more bus stops in the area.
Creating ordinances about how much coal can be burned in one day and working with alternative fuel sources.
Providing better access to dumpsters and recycling centers.
Adding more recycling centers
Ward 3 is by no means the healthiest part of town, but there is potential to increase health outcomes for its inhabitants! Housing & Zoning The houses vary from late 70's to present day.
Building materials include wood, brick, vinyl siding, stone veneer, and sheet metal.
The houses varied from location to location, but the houses within each neighborhood were similar.
The majority of houses had open space in the front and back.
The general condition of the majority of homes was good with little signs of deterioration.
The majority of the homes were detached and single family occupied with the exception of newer neighborhoods with semi-detached homes or apartment complexes.
With the age of the homes, they all have modern day amenities. Open Space Boundaries Commons & Physical Areas Transportation Services Stores Economy Religion Education Media Health Issue #2:
Air Pollution Health Issue #1:
Obesity Health Issue #3:
Sanitation All of the primarily observed open spaces were in residential locations.
The open spaces were relatively well maintained and of decent size.
Some open spaces had privacy fencing while others did not.
Open spaces were not being utilized at the time due to cold weather.
Most open spaces were lawns with some flowers beginning to bloom as the season is progressing. The majority of neighborhoods in Ward 3 consisted of named subdivisions that were clearly marked with entrance signs.
Some areas did not have official names and were unmarked.
There were several identifiable boundaries in ward 3 such as:
Highways
Railroads
Economic differences in real estate
Privacy fences
Industrial units along with residential
Commercial units along with residential The identifiable community hangouts include parks and lakes.
Some of these areas were geared toward specific residential neighborhoods while others were geared toward the general public. Some areas did have posted times they were open and closed.
All age groups are welcome to utilize these areas.
There are walking trails in some of the parks along with areas to play sports.
In ward 3 there are appealing areas in the residential section. The industrial section is less appealing since it is geared toward workers.
There was no notable air quality difference in either area of the ward. However, there were more air quality concerns in the industrialized area.
The buildings were well maintained given their age and use. People in the community get around in various ways.
Some roads are in relatively good shape while others are in disrepair.
There were sidewalks and bike lanes present in certain areas of ward 3.
There is a major highway, 63, and a major interstate, 70, that lie within ward 3.
Modes of transportation observed include:
Bicycles
Personal vehicles
Public bus
Oats vans Within ward 3 there are several types of services such as:
Medical offices
Hospitals
Dental offices
Fire station
Banks
Hotels
Restaurants
Churches
Recreation centers
Veterinarian offices
Habitat for Humanity
Retirement homes
Nursing homes
Hospice care
Parks that are in use
Insurance agencies
Gas stations The residents have a variety of places to shop.
Most residents travel to these stores through personal or public transportation.
Some shops are widely known, large chain stores and others are small businesses.
Shopping areas include:
Grocery stores
Furniture stores
Outdoor stores
Strip malls
Fitness stores
Hardware stores Throughout the community there were several places of religion
Most of these places were specifically churches.
No temples or mosques were observed.
The churches that were observed were of different denominations including:
Methodist
Baptist
Non-denominational There were no public or private schools according to the traditional definition of school observed in ward 3.
There were a few learning and development centers for children ranging in ages from 2-12 years.
These centers do not appear new, but they do appear well cared for.
There was no library observed in ward 3, but there was a small bookstore. There are a few forms of media throughout ward 3.
The majority of magazines and newspapers were the usual magazines in most stores such as:
People
US Weekly
Tabloids
Local newspapers
The media observed includes:
Radio antennas
Satellite TV antennas
Mobile advertising
Billboards
The Ad Sheet
There was a small book store observed as well.
The media that seemed the most important to the area was food advertisements. Economy Economy Economy Ward 3 has a few health concerns that are on the rise.
The majority of people in this area are in an industrialized section that does not always cater to health needs.
Three main health concerns of this area include obesity, air pollution, and sanitation.
These are the key concerns with a growing population, an industrial area, and the increasing trend of laziness and convenience.
Most people in this area are also sedentary at their jobs which does not help increase health.
However, there are places available for help with medical and health concerns in the ward. The economy of this area affects all areas of the city.
Since the majority of the area is industrialized it appears to be a thriving area.
Ward 3 is home to several businesses that include many employers such as:
City Water & Light Distribution Headquarters
Municipal Power Plant
3M - 210 employees
Schneider Electric - 300 employees
Pepsico - 240 employees
UPS Freight
FedEx Freight
MFA, Inc. - 250 employees
Columbia Insurance Group - 324 employees
There are several other places of business that are regular stores and not industrialized plants that offer employment.
This area is ripe with employment opportunities.
There were also no signs observed that food stamps were used and/or accepted in this area. Obesity is a growing concern not just in the ward, but in the city and the nation.
This area is filled with work places and fast food restaurants.
However, vast healthcare sources are available in the area as well.
Problems that lead to obesity in the area include:
Only 48% of people have access to parks
Healthcare costs are around $8,000/year.
Fast food restaurants account for 44% of restaurants.
12% of people have limited access to healthy food.
21% of people are physically inactive.
28% of people are already obese. Air pollution is a concern that leads to an increased risk of asthma, COPD exacerbation, and other lung issues.
The average daily fine particulate measure in this area is 11.2 micrograms per cubic meter which is slightly high compared nationally to 8.8 micrograms.
The people that drive to work alone that contribute to air pollution is high at 77%.
This area also houses the Municipal Power Plant that burns coal that enters the air through smoke stacks and steam vents. Unhealthy conditions are perpetuated when there is not adequate sanitation that can lead to several health concerns.
Without proper sanitation, diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, opportunistic infections, and various other illnesses may occur.
Sanitation provides a cleaner living space, cleaner water and food, and cleaner public spaces that all help prevent the spread of disease.
Proper sanitation is something everyone can help with.
The city of Columbia has a voucher program that supplies its citizens with free bags for both regular trash and recycling.
Vouchers for this program are mailed in April, August, and December.
These vouchers can be redeemed at several places throughout the city such as grocery stores and hardware stores. Sources http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/Maps/documents/Council_Wards.pdf

https://www.columbiaredi.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/FactBook-20121.pdf

https://www.columbiaredi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Welcome-to-Columbia-Missouri-2012.pdf

http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/missouri/2013/boone/county/outcomes/overall/snapshot/by-rank

https://www.gocolumbiamo.com/PublicWorks/Solidwaste/BagVoucherDistributionSystem.php
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