Super Bowl Cities Are Champs at Creating Livable Communities

Can you believe the 2015 football season is drawing to a close? Indeed, Super Bowl 50 is this Sunday, Feb. 7: Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos vs. Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers. While I am a baseball fan first and foremost, I do make time on the weekends in the fall and winter to watch NCAA and NFL football. Although Carolina vs. Denver sounds like it’s going to be action packed, I’m mostly looking forward to the game because of the subplots: …

Eye on a Prize: Making America’s Communities Livable

When you think of winning a prize, what’s your first thought? Is it actually finding something in a box of Cracker Jack? Maybe, winning Lotto? (I was really hoping for that Powerball jackpot recently.) Or is it simply the thrill that comes with winning the prize? Whatever it may be, we love prizes. I can’t think of anyone I know who doesn’t. When Charles Lindbergh made his famous transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927, it was for …

Ideas for AARP Age-Friendly Communities Make Knight Cities Challenge Finals

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the 158 finalists for its second annual Knight Cities Challenge, a national call for ideas to make the 26 communities where the Knight brothers founded newspapers into “more vibrant places to live and work.” The challenge asked applicants to answer the question: “What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?” More than 4,500 individuals and groups responded with ideas focused on one or more of three drivers of city success: …

Cities Are Becoming Our Innovation Hubs

You hear a lot about things that are in. Well, today for the first time in years, America’s cities are where it’s at. And an amazing transformation is occurring: Cities are reinventing themselves and becoming innovation hubs. (Pittsburgh, Denver and Austin are just a few examples.) And that doesn’t just mean attracting Silicon Valley startups. Subscribe to the free, award-winning AARP Livable Communities Monthly eNewsletter »  Cities that offer accessible amenities and services that people of all ages want — such …

The Future of Housing

In less than two decades, over 70 million Americans will be age 65 and older and they will represent approximately 20 percent of the population. Will we have affordable and accessible housing options that meet their needs? We already face challenges. Currently, high housing costs force millions of low-income older adults to sacrifice spending on other necessities. The vast majority of the nation’s housing lacks basic accessibility features such as a no-step entrance, wide hallways and doorways and other features …

Get Ready for the Future of Housing (and Two Contests)

Many, perhaps even most homes in the United States aren’t well suited for aging in place. A house with stairs at every entrance can be difficult if not impossible for a person with mobility problems to access. Bathrooms without grab bars to help prevent slips and falls can be hazardous for users of any age. CONTEST #1 The Re-Defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Challenge invites architects and designers to create new standards in housing design so people can stay …