AARP Education & Outreach, Livable Communities

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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. …

10 Most Bikeable Cities in the U.S.

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Thanks to the growth of bike-sharing programs, bicycling as a regular means of transportation has become so common in cosmopolitan cities such as New York, Paris and Washington, D.C., that it’s not unusual to see men and women in full business attire – suits, ties, skirts, heels – pedaling their way to or from work. And since bicycling is a great form of exercise as well as a handy way to get around, adults of …

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013

Post by Josh Perlman, AARP: Creating a great place for all ages begins in the streets. Complete Streets policies ensure that a community’s roads are safe for all users – drivers as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit riders, schoolchildren, older adults. States, cities and towns can look to these policies in order to build road networks that are “safer, more livable and welcoming to everyone,” according to the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America. Stay …

Why Sidewalks Matter

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: It seems counterintuitive that heavy snows would make people appreciative of the sidewalks they’re shoveling, but some friends and colleagues are telling us that’s what has been happening this winter. Stay Informed: Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter From Jeanne: “I had a nice encounter with a neighbor during all this snow.”¨ Sean and his family are new neighbors. This is their first winter in Northern Virginia. He has three daughters in elementary school …

Texas Is Becoming More Walkable

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: 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 being independent spirits, …

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

Post 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. …