What’s Weather Got to Do With It?

When AARP published its Most Livable Places at 50+, more than a few eyebrows rose. “How is it that so many cold places in the Midwest rate highly for livability?” was a common question from our website visitors. “Isn’t weather fundamental to livability?” they asked. Climate certainly can be an important consideration when choosing where to live; however, the Public Policy Institute’s Livability Index is designed to give people and local policymakers the information they need to determine how well …

The Livability Index: What’s in a Score?

The Livability Index: Great Neighborhoods for All Ages does a few unique things and we are glad to know that residents and policymakers are beginning to use it. The index’s categories cover the wide range of issues that affect people’s lives and their ability to stay in their neighborhood if they want to do so. In What Is Livable we asked many different types of people across the country what was important to them. One general conclusion from that survey work …

Wanted: Great Ideas for Improving 26 U.S. Cities

Lots of people have ideas for how the cities or towns they live or work in can be improved. Few people have the time, money and influence to make those ideas a reality. Sign up for the Livable Communities Newsletter However, from now until Nov. 14, the Knight Foundation is seeking ideas from everyone — really, everyone — about ways to improve the 26 cities where the Knight brothers (John S. and James L.) once owned newspapers. Rather than hearing from major design …

10 Most Bikeable Cities in the U.S.

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 all ages are choosing to …

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013

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 Informed: Sign up for the AARP …

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

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. San Francisco (80) 3. Boston …