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.
To highlight and showcase the Texan countryside’s beauty, Western Rim’s luxury townhomes and loft-style apartments are located within the state’s wide green spaces, yet they remain within easy reach of urban centers. Marcus Hiles uses eco-friendly construction practices that preserve the serenity of the environment—and often, better it by establishing walkways and parks for residents. He notes that an array of trees and vegetation surrounding these natural spaces offers tremendous benefit to the area, as they remove air toxins while storing and sequestering carbon dioxide. Hiles explains that they also help in the effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions by cutting energy use: “According to the USDA Forest Service, ‘Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent.’”