The Affects of Slow Cities: Honolulu
International City Profile
Investigation Question: What are the affects of living in a slow city?
Sub Question: Is it better for your health to live in a fast paced city or a slow paced city?
Hawaii, or Hawai'i, nicknamed or most famously known out of its nicknames as the Aloha State, is the 50th state and also the latest state to join the United States, them having joined the US on August 21, 1959. Hawaii is the only state in the US situated in the Oceania. It's comprises a chain of 132 islands also making it the only state containing only islands. Hawaii is also the only state not stationed in the Americas. Hawaii is the 8th smallest and the 11th least populous out of all the states of the US. Hawaii surrounds almost the full volcanic Hawaiian archipelago, which constitutes hundreds of islands covering over 1,500 miles (2,400 km).
Cittaslow - The Slow Movement
The movement of 'Cittaslow' was created by Paolo Saturnini, who is the past Mayor of Greve in Chianti which is a little town of Tuscany. The concept of considering the town itself and thinking of a different way of developing itself, based on the improving the quality of life, caused him to spread his thoughts all over our country. The main goal that was created in 1999 and is still being used is to enlarge the philosophy of 'Slow Food' to local communities.
Since then, towns all around Italy have together created an organization and have called themselves the 'Slow Cities Movement'. Though it isn't a movement as much as it is an organization to control which cities can call themselves 'Slow Cities'.
'Cittaslow' and 'Slow Cities Movement' are part of a cultural trend call the Slow Movement which promotes a cultural shift towards a slower paced lifestyle. Overtime, they have branched off into Slow Living, Slow Travel etc.
It has been scientifically proven that living in a fast paced city can lead to things such as high blood pressure; which can lead to heart and kidney diseases, impatience; which can expedite your freeze, fight or flight system or the sympathetic nervous system.
Where as living in a slow paced city can provide things such as lower blood pressure, living longer, being more calm etc.
There are many ways that can help to slow down to your natural speed of living such as reconnecting with wild animals and companions. Animals slow us down to our natural animal rhythms which can be seen in animal assisted therapy where animals help to lower blood pressure and heal many psychological illnesses. Reconnecting with plants is also a suggested one, as well as spending more time outdoors in wild nature. (Alternet).
Slowing down or keeping the pace?
I asked people who grew up in Hong Kong, which is considered to be a fast paced city, if later in life, would they rather continue living in a fast paced city of would they like to slow it down and move to a slower city. They all answered that they would prefer to continue to live the fast paced life even when I told them that living in a slow paced city would benefit their health. Most also said that since they grew up in a fast paced environment, it's all they know.
Looking Into the Future
I think that as our world continues to develop and modernize, places such as cities will continue to be fast paced and the current slow paced cities will grow to become more fast paced to accommodate the people's needs.
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