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Driving Around in Circles Is a Good Thing

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Really, it is. So long as the circle you’re driving in is a modern roundabout. Unlike traditional roundabouts, rotaries or traffic circles, which can be terrifyingly large, complex and fast (Paris’s Arc de Triomphe sits at the center of one such risky round roadway), modern roundabouts are smaller, simpler and slower. Subscribe Today! AARP Livable Communities Newsletter In fact, by making the streets that pass through neighborhoods slower and narrower, modern roundabouts help roads become …

Homes Built for Everyone at Every Age

Post by Josh Perlman, AARP: The Better Living Design Institute‘s new website - betterlivingdesign.org - launched this week as a resource for homeowners, designers, builders and remodelers looking to create age-friendly homes with appeal to residents of any age. The institute was founded in 2012 by Bill Owens, president of Owens Construction, a residential design-build firm based in central Ohio, and Richard Duncan, a planner who leads the RL Mace Universal Design Institute in North Carolina. Both partners have decades of experience ensuring …

Age-Friendly Faces and Places Photo Contest Winners

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Grantmakers In Aging, a nonprofit that works with philanthropies and other organizations to improve the experience of aging, has announced the winners of its first “Friendly Places, Friendly Faces” photo contest. (Among the contest’s four judges was Deb Whitman, AARP executive vice president of policy, strategy and international affairs.) The contest categories focused on “the elements that help to make communities great places to grow up and grow old,” explains Grantmakers In Aging. Here’s the …

Pedestrian Fatalities Map: Check Out a Corner Near You

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Three years ago the “Dangerous by Design” report noted that between the years 2000 and 2009 the number of vehicle-caused pedestrian deaths was equivalent to “a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month.” Subscribe today! AARP Livable Communities Newsletter Streets engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles are “dangerous by design,” explains the National Complete Streets Coalition, the Smart Growth America program behind the report (of …

Walking to the White House

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP (updated May 13, 2014): If Dan Burden could have walked the 2,745 miles from Port Townsend, Wash., where he lives and works, and arrive in Washington, D.C., by May 13, there’s a good chance he’d have done so. As cofounder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Burden travels the nation (and points beyond) helping cities, towns and neighborhoods become more walkable. His efforts earned him an invitation to the White House, where he was …

Builders Learn the Importance of ‘Women-Centric’ Homes

Guest post by Jan Cullinane: Single women are the second-largest group of homeowners after couples, and they purchase almost twice as many homes on a first-time and repeat basis than single men do, reports the National Association of Home Builders. More women than men live alone, and single women are more likely to own their homes than single men (56 percent compared to 47 percent). Recognizing that in 91 percent of home sales, women are the prime drivers of the …