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Driving Around in Circles Is a Good Thing

Posted on 06/16/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Really, it is. So long as the circle you’re driving in is a modern roundabout. Unlike traditional roundabouts, rotaries or traffic circles, which can be terrifyingly large, complex and fast (Paris’s Arc de Triomphe sits at the center of one such risky round roadway), modern roundabouts are smaller, simpler and slower. Subscribe Today! AARP Livable Communities Newsletter In fact, by making the streets that pass through neighborhoods slower and narrower, modern roundabouts help roads become …

Homes Built for Everyone at Every Age

Posted on 06/1/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Josh Perlman, AARP: The Better Living Design Institute’s new website — — launched this week as a resource for homeowners, designers, builders and remodelers looking to create age-friendly homes with appeal to residents of any age. The institute was founded in 2012 by Bill Owens, president of Owens Construction, a residential design-build firm based in central Ohio, and Richard Duncan, a planner who leads the RL Mace Universal Design Institute in North Carolina. Both partners have decades of experience ensuring …

Age-Friendly Faces and Places Photo Contest Winners

Posted on 05/30/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Grantmakers In Aging, a nonprofit that works with philanthropies and other organizations to improve the experience of aging, has announced the winners of its first “Friendly Places, Friendly Faces” photo contest. (Among the contest’s four judges was Deb Whitman, AARP executive vice president of policy, strategy and international affairs.) The contest categories focused on “the elements that help to make communities great places to grow up and grow old,” explains Grantmakers In Aging. Here’s the …

Washington State’s Model Intercity Bus Program

Posted on 05/22/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Great PlacesGrowing up in America’s heartland, my parents frequently put me and my sister on a Greyhound bus to visit our grandparents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Along this three-hour trek from Ames, we would stop for passengers in six small towns. These were memorable opportunities to flex a bit of pre-driver independence and stay in touch with extended family. Today, my son could make the trip by bus between Ames and Cedar Rapids, but children from the smallest four towns along …

Pedestrian Fatalities Map: Check Out a Corner Near You

Posted on 05/20/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Three years ago the “Dangerous by Design” report noted that between the years 2000 and 2009 the number of vehicle-caused pedestrian deaths was equivalent to “a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month.” Subscribe today! AARP Livable Communities Newsletter Streets engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles are “dangerous by design,” explains the National Complete Streets Coalition, the Smart Growth America program behind the report (of …

Walking to the White House

Posted on 05/12/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP (updated May 13, 2014): If Dan Burden could have walked the 2,745 miles from Port Townsend, Wash., where he lives and works, and arrive in Washington, D.C., by May 13, there’s a good chance he’d have done so. As cofounder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Burden travels the nation (and points beyond) helping cities, towns and neighborhoods become more walkable. His efforts earned him an invitation to the White House, where he was …