livable communities

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 …

Getting From Point A to Point B ­for Free!

Posted on 11/12/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesCost can sometimes be a deterrent for many seeking to ride the bus or train. Luckily, various communities around the country have an easy solution to this problem via free bus systems. These cost-free transportation systems are an excellent resource for residents of all ages. However, they introduce a unique opportunity for boomers looking for a simple way to get around, especially in cases when biking or walking isn’t an option. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter In …

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 …

The Infrastructure of Inequality

Posted on 10/21/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Public Policy InstitutePut people first. That was a theme of the first national Walk Summit in Washington, D.C., Oct. 1-3. Unfortunately the message relayed by several participants was not encouraging. “I feel my life is worth less than nothing,” said one self-described vulnerable road user as she outlined the challenges of navigating our transportation system without a car. The Sunday before the Walk Summit, I was driving along a four-lane road in my neighborhood and was surprised to see a young man …

Are Your Streets Working for You? Part II

Posted on 10/8/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWith today’s post, I want to pick up where I left off last time, when I wrote about bringing a “people first” focus to our streets. Let’s start by celebrating some of the people who are succeeding, which hopefully will embolden you to take up the same cause in your own town. The story I want to share is unfolding in Hamburg, N.Y., where the New York State Department of Transportation proposed major improvements 12 years ago for a one-mile …