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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 …

Remember When Kids Went Outside to Play?

Guest post by Dan Burden, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute: Close your eyes and think of one of your greatest moments in childhood. For me, one is falling through an ice-covered pond on a subzero day – then trekking two miles, climbing snow-laden fences, pant legs frozen above my knees, feet cold and numb, and my heart pounding with the wonder of discovery. That day I learned a new boundary, one I’d later break again and, as a result, learn even more. Stay …

Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: AARP research consistently finds that older adults (for the purposes of the survey that’s age 45-plus) want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. >> Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter That can be done by staying put and “aging in place,” which may require making some design or decorating adjustments to your home, and by living in an “age-friendly community,” which is a city, town or neighborhood …

Aloha, Complete Streets!

Post by Josh Perlman, AARP: To tourists and aspiring tourists, Hawaii typically means tropical beaches, balmy breezes, beautiful scenery and, perhaps, pineapple. To residents, Hawaii is all those things, as well as being a place where it’s sometimes a challenge to safely cross the road. Sign up for the Livable Communities Newsletter   In the spring of 2012 the Honolulu City Council passed a Complete Streets ordinance to put important street safety concepts into practice so the region’s roads could …

Where Have All Our Young People Gone?

Guest post by Dan Burden, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute: I climbed the stairs off a thriving Main Street tucked into a Seattle neighborhood and entered a large, open room where 25 young people sat staring at computers, joking around as they worked. They were all in their 20s and it was Friday, so they wore cat shirts – a new take on Casual Day. This was the nerve center of Walk Score, a hip company launched on a whim …

Talking About the Home You Want

Guest post by Beth Tracton-Bishop, The Hartford Center on Mature Market Excellence Have you ever thought, “I wish my kitchen looked like that,” when you visited a friend’s house or watched a home design show on TV? Do you share a home with a spouse, other family member, partner or pal? If you answered yes to both questions – and you’re actually considering redecorating or renovating your home – the most helpful first step may be to have a conversation. …