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Eye on a Prize: Making America’s Communities Livable

When you think of winning a prize, what’s your first thought? Is it actually finding something in a box of Cracker Jack? Maybe, winning Lotto? (I was really hoping for that Powerball jackpot recently.) Or is it simply the thrill that comes with winning the prize? Whatever it may be, we love prizes. I can’t think of anyone I know who doesn’t. When Charles Lindbergh made his famous transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927, it was for …

Ideas for AARP Age-Friendly Communities Make Knight Cities Challenge Finals

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the 158 finalists for its second annual Knight Cities Challenge, a national call for ideas to make the 26 communities where the Knight brothers founded newspapers into “more vibrant places to live and work.” The challenge asked applicants to answer the question: “What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?” More than 4,500 individuals and groups responded with ideas focused on one or more of three drivers of city success: …

Cities Are Becoming Our Innovation Hubs

You hear a lot about things that are in. Well, today for the first time in years, America’s cities are where it’s at. And an amazing transformation is occurring: Cities are reinventing themselves and becoming innovation hubs. (Pittsburgh, Denver and Austin are just a few examples.) And that doesn’t just mean attracting Silicon Valley startups. Subscribe to the free, award-winning AARP Livable Communities Monthly eNewsletter »  Cities that offer accessible amenities and services that people of all ages want — such …

Get Ready for the Future of Housing (and Two Contests)

Many, perhaps even most homes in the United States aren’t well suited for aging in place. A house with stairs at every entrance can be difficult if not impossible for a person with mobility problems to access. Bathrooms without grab bars to help prevent slips and falls can be hazardous for users of any age. CONTEST #1 The Re-Defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Challenge invites architects and designers to create new standards in housing design so people can stay …

Foundations Are Offering $$$ and More to Livable Communities

I have a long-standing point of view: The issue of livable communities is too big and important for any one sector to solve the challenge. For there to be a sustainable movement to create more walkable, livable communities across the country, every sector needs to be at the table. A healthy, balanced and successful effort requires that each group has its place, making different contributions. A few years ago we looked at the different sectors that were involved in livable communities …

A Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: Finishing Touches

This is the final post in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project that is stylishly updating a Florida house (referred to here as the “Cate house”) while making it better suited for aging in place. To see photos of the entire project, follow the slideshow link at the end of this post. From start to finish, remodeling the Cate house cost about $50,000 and took four months of renovation and construction work. Every space in the home was …