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 …

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 …

Baseball Brings People (and Places) Together

I am a lifelong baseball fan. I grew up going with my dad to Yankees Stadium and watching Whitey Ford throw fastballs. Decades later, when the Montreal Expos brought baseball back to Washington, D.C., and became the Nationals, I threw my support behind them. And even though my Nats didn’t live up to the media hype of this season, I’ll be with them through thick and thin. Over the past 20 years, cities across the country have been developing baseball …

High-Speed Networks Give Communities an Age-Friendly Advantage

Affordable access to high-speed Internet networks provides communities with a powerful platform to help meet the challenges – and take advantage of the opportunities – associated with an aging population. This approach to community development deserves more attention from supporters of both age-friendly communities and community broadband networks. High-speed Internet connectivity enables a growing array of applications and services that create and enhance opportunities for health, participation and independence for older Americans.  A recent AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) report …

Save Money With Public Bike Sharing Programs

If you’ve traveled to many cities or college towns in the last couple of years, you’ve probably noticed fleets of nearly identical bicycles all parked together like a herd of dairy cows at feeding time. Bike sharing programs have been commonplace in many other countries for a decade or even longer, and they’re finally arriving here.  More than 30 American cities and towns now have public bike sharing programs. New York City boasts the nation’s largest program, with 6,000 bicycles …