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AARP Experts to Speak at Smart Growth Conference

Posted on 02/3/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesThree AARP experts will be speaking at the 13th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Denver, Feb. 13-15. Attend their presentations if you’ll be at the conference. A General Plan Meets Smart Growth: TOD, Millenials, and Boomers — Oh My! Thursday, Feb. 13, 4-5:30 p.m. The Panel Sonja Ewing, M-NCPPC, Revitalization Program manager, County of Fairfax, Virginia Office of Community Revitalization (moderator) Howard Ways, AICP, executive director, Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority Aldea Douglas, project manager, AARP Livable …

The 10 Most Walkable Cities in the U.S.

Posted on 01/21/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP: “More and more cities are ‘reinventing their town centers’ and undergoing other transitions to become more walkable,” reports Huff Post Urban Progress, citing information from We’re glad to hear that, and we’re pleased to see Dan Burden, cofounder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC) — and a frequent contributor to the AARP Great Places blog — being quoted as an expert source. About cities  creating high-density housing and reinventing town centers so …

‘No Finer Place for Sure’ — Go Downtown

Posted on 01/16/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGuest post by Dan Burden: If you’re a boomer, the word “downtown” — and especially Petula Clark’s 1964 hit song “Downtown” — evokes many images and feelings. “Linger on the sidewalks where the neon signs are pretty,” she sings. “The lights are much brighter there. You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares. So, go downtown.” I recall from as early as 8 years of age my sense of independence and pride in going to downtown Columbus, Ohio, …

Smart Solutions to Cold-Weather Home Energy Problems

Posted on 01/10/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGuest post by Claire Easley: With dropping temperatures and winter storms popping up across the country, homeowners may begin to notice energy troubles at home — high utility bills, drafty rooms, inconsistent temperatures inside the house and icicles hanging from the roof. For many homeowners, these problems appear to be the predictable consequences of cold temperatures. But in many cases, the problems are the result of a home’s energy systems. Fortunately, solutions are available, even for older homes. INDOOR PROBLEMS …

Creating Age-Friendly Communities in Canada

Posted on 12/19/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGreat models for living abound with our Canadian neighbors to the north, who are building wonderful mixed-age, mixed-use communities that offer independent living for their elders. Consider the municipalities of Vernon and Langley in British Columbia, where I recently spent time helping them lay out walkability ground rules for age-friendly neighborhoods. Vernon is the smaller of the two, with a population of 60,000. The city has an intact, prosperous downtown, with many restored and new multistory buildings for seniors in …

Make Reaching a Little Easier: Strength and Dexterity Solutions

Posted on 12/17/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesHave you taken a good look around your home to see if it will accommodate the changes your body will likely go through as it ages? Have you done a similar scan at the home of an older relative or friend where you might be helping out? It’s not a bad idea. We make sure our homes are protected and we’re vigilant about making them safe for children. Why not make them more comfortable and convenient to accommodate the normal …