AARP Livable Communities

Aloha, Complete Streets!

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Josh Perlman, AARP: To tourists and aspiring tourists, Hawaii typically means tropical beaches, balmy breezes, beautiful scenery and, perhaps, pineapple. To residents, Hawaii is all those things, as well as being a place where it’s sometimes a challenge to safely cross the road. Sign up for the Livable Communities Newsletter   In the spring of 2012 the Honolulu City Council passed a Complete Streets ordinance to put important street safety concepts into practice so the region’s roads could …

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 …

Texas Is Becoming More Walkable

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP (Updated March 31): 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 …

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

Posted on 02/4/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost 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. …

AARP Experts to Speak at Smart Growth Conference

Posted on 02/3/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesThree AARP experts will be speaking at the 13th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Denver, Feb. 13-15. Attend their presentations if you’ll be at the conference. A General Plan Meets Smart Growth: TOD, Millenials, and Boomers — Oh My! Thursday, Feb. 13, 4-5:30 p.m. The Panel Sonja Ewing, M-NCPPC, Revitalization Program manager, County of Fairfax, Virginia Office of Community Revitalization (moderator) Howard Ways, AICP, executive director, Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority Aldea Douglas, project manager, AARP Livable …

The 10 Most Walkable Cities in the U.S.

Posted on 01/21/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP: “More and more cities are ‘reinventing their town centers’ and undergoing other transitions to become more walkable,” reports Huff Post Urban Progress, citing information from Governing.com. We’re glad to hear that, and we’re pleased to see Dan Burden, cofounder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC) — and a frequent contributor to the AARP Great Places blog — being quoted as an expert source. About cities  creating high-density housing and reinventing town centers so …