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Where Have All Our Young People Gone?

Posted on 03/31/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGuest 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 …

Ode to New Jersey

Posted on 03/7/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Nancy LeaMond, AARP:  All you have to do is say you’re from New Jersey and someone will ask, “What exit?” I’m a proud New Jersey native.  I grew up in Millburn, a north Jersey town not far from Manhattan. I lived there through high school, and I return often to visit friends and family. Even though I’m a Maryland gal now, there will always be a special place in my heart for the Garden State, which is why it’s …

Talking About the Home You Want

Posted on 03/4/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGuest 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.

Posted on 02/28/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost 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

Posted on 02/18/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost 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

Posted on 02/17/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost 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 …