Marcus Hiles urges his residents to take advantage of the onsite footpaths, noting that tenants who take advantage of even brief exercising on the paths enjoy healthier lives. In 2008, a study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine gave further proof, suggesting that people living near park areas tended to have a lower risk of obesity; while a 2010 study by the journal Social Science and Medicine determined that people residing near parks and open spaces were more relaxed when compared to others who spent less time in the outdoors. Hiles, a firm supporter of community building, says that beyond their ability to help lower energy costs and encourage active lifestyles, trails also promote a sense of closeness among neighbors, with pathways causing spontaneous meetings and interactions. Environmental, practical and fun, walking trails are an public meeting space no housing development should be without.
Planned cities, such as the colonial-era developments of Jamestown, Philadelphia, and Charleston, have shaped the United States since the 16th century. In today’s America, CEO of Western Rim Property Services Marcus Hiles believes that designed communities are not only beneficial to residents, but play an integral role in the country’s real estate market. The Dallas real estate investor has been constructing stunning luxurious developments for over thirty years, witnessing firsthand the transformative impact they’ve had on Texas’ citizens and economy.