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Texas Is Becoming More Walkable

Posted on 02/10/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP (Updated March 31): Only so much can be done to turn Texas — or, for that matter, any state, town or community with vast distances and open expanses of land — into a walkable place. But with the help of AARP Texas and community leaders, several Texas cities have been taking big steps toward making their neighborhoods more walkable and age-friendly. Stay Informed: Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter “Texans take great pride in …

Best U.S. Cities for Public Transit, Living Without a Car

Posted on 02/4/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Walk Score, an organization that evaluates the walkability of communities throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia, has announced its 2014 Transit Score rankings of U.S. cities with such good public transit systems that owning a car is truly optional. Stay Informed: Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter (The number in parenthesis is the city’s Transit Score on a 0 to 100 scale with 100 being the best possible score.) 1. New York (81) 2. …

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 Governing.com. 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 …