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If you’re a regular Valley Public Radio listener, you probably already know that your health depends a lot on where you live. But just 10 years ago, that field of research was still emerging.

The controversy over a proposed bus ad pointing out a disparity in city park distribution in Fresno is still causing a stir, a week after it was rejected by the city for being “too political.”

The Fresno advocacy group Building Health Communities is planning to formally request a list of all the ads that have been rejected by the city or advertising company Lamar.

Lamar is the first stop when deciding if an ad violates a city ordinance that forbids certain ads on bus wraps.

Ezra David Romero

After the City of Fresno rejected a proposed bus ad about the lack of parks in South Fresno last week, the controversy over the issue  has only grown. The ad from the group Building Healthy Communities cited city data that shows North Fresno residents have over four times the amount of park space per capita as those who live south of Shaw Avenue. 

Building Healthy Communities

An ad that a local non-profit group wants to run on city buses is the center of controversy, after Fresno officials say it’s too political. As FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports the group wants more parkland in older parts of town.