In a Livable Community, Every Day Can Be an Independence Day

On Monday, we — as a nation — celebrated the 240th Anniversary of Independence Day. Many of us turned on our grills, took in a parade, watched fireworks or spent the day with family and friends. Where and how we celebrated is in many ways emblematic of our freedom to choose our own path. Each Fourth of July, I spend some time thinking about the people who came before me and those who have fought for and protected the freedoms we …

Is Your Community the Right Fit?

You like where you live. Your community is the perfect fit, you say. Yet will it be the right fit 10, 20, or 30 years from now? Will housing costs become an issue, and will you want different transportation options, closer access to your doctor, or perhaps a grocery store nearby? While it’s possible that your personal preferences may remain the same, priorities evolve through the years. At one time, school quality and proximity to work may have been your …

Too Many Lives Cut Short on Our Nation’s Roads

In 2009, a truck struck and killed Beverly Shelton’s grandson, Zachary, who was walking inside a marked crosswalk and accompanied by an adult. The driver had rolled through the stop sign rather than make a complete stop. Since the time of Zachary’s death, another 32,000-plus pedestrians have been killed in the United States. A pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes on our nation’s roads. Unfortunately, these tragedies are rising at a distressing rate. From 2009 …

Grandchild’s Death Highlights Need to Protect Pedestrians

  Once upon a time there was an awesome little boy named Zach. I called him “Zachy Pooh.” His dad and mom called him “Buddy.” Zach loved school, music, the Beatles, outer space, and everything involving transportation — especially trains. He loved his mom, dad, and new little brother Miles, whom he nicknamed “Mr. M.” He called me “Grandma Beverly.” On the afternoon of Feb. 27, 2009, everything changed. That morning, my own son dropped his little boy off at the …

Clearly Winning Resources From AARP Livable

The AARP HomeFit Guide is filled with information about how home modifications — from small tweaks to full-fledged renovations — can make a home safer and more livable for older adults and people of all ages. In 2015, the AARP HomeFit program and guide underwent a large-scale remodeling and expansion to make the resource more informative, visual and — with the addition of customizable worksheets and a Spanish edition — more useful. Subscribe for Free:  AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter »  Our HomeFit renovations have been popular …

37 Winning Ideas to Make Cities More Successful

The annual Knight Cities Challenge invites anyone and everyone to submit ideas about how to make the 26 communities where the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invests more vibrant places to live and work. On April 12, the Foundation announced that 37 projects will share $5 million as winners of its 2015 challenge, which launched last October and attracted more than 4,500 ideas about how to help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunities and create a culture of civic engagement. …