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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 …

‘No Finer Place for Sure’ — Go Downtown

Posted on 01/16/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGuest post by Dan Burden: If you’re a boomer, the word “downtown” — and especially Petula Clark’s 1964 hit song “Downtown” — evokes many images and feelings. “Linger on the sidewalks where the neon signs are pretty,” she sings. “The lights are much brighter there. You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares. So, go downtown.” I recall from as early as 8 years of age my sense of independence and pride in going to downtown Columbus, Ohio, …

Creating Age-Friendly Communities in Canada

Posted on 12/19/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGreat models for living abound with our Canadian neighbors to the north, who are building wonderful mixed-age, mixed-use communities that offer independent living for their elders. Consider the municipalities of Vernon and Langley in British Columbia, where I recently spent time helping them lay out walkability ground rules for age-friendly neighborhoods. Vernon is the smaller of the two, with a population of 60,000. The city has an intact, prosperous downtown, with many restored and new multistory buildings for seniors in …

Active Transportation

Posted on 12/12/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesActive transportation connects people and places. It provides access to jobs, education, shopping, transit and recreation. In short, trails, bike pathways and greenways make for great places to live and to visit. Next time you see one of those “America’s Best Places to Live” lists that magazines often compile, you’ll notice that most of these heralded communities have one thing in common: a great trail system and safe places to walk and bike. Billings, Mont., is one such community. Long …

Density: The Scary Word

Posted on 12/10/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesAmericans love traveling to cities where there’s excitement on the streets and people-watching is rewarding and fun; places where it’s easy to take care of the needs of daily life, yet these same routines often bring pleasant surprises. We take photos and put them on the mantelpiece to preserve fond memories. These cities — as small as Winter Park, Fla.; Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.; Princeton, N.J.; Burlington, Vt.; Sitka, Alaska; and Charleston, S.C. — have much in common, but the glue that …

A Powerful New Way to Save Money

Posted on 10/29/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesThe bicycle: It’s one of the best inventions of all time, the essential precursor to the automobile that led to modern brakes, gearing and much more. And now it’s reinventing itself, in ways that can help you save money and stay healthy. The latest variety is an electric-assist bicycle, or eBike, and it deserves some consideration. You still have to pedal this bike to make it move, but not as hard. You arrive at your destination without sweating in the …