Walking the Walk: Renewal in New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina

Ten years ago, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, AARP had to cancel our Life@50+ national conference in New Orleans. We could not hold that event, but neither could we walk away from the people of that great city. We vowed we would be back — and in 2012, we brought 20,000 AARP members to New Orleans to explore and pursue their possibilities. Most important, we have strengthened our connection to New Orleans and committed to the work of recovery …

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 …

A Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: The Living Space

The following is post No. 6 in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project that is stylishly updating a Florida house (referred to here as the “Cate house”) while making it better suited for aging in place. One of the great features of the home we’re working on is the open living space between the living room, dining room and family room. Because of this flexible layout, future homeowners will have the option to use the …

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 …

Downtown Neighborhoods Among the Most Livable

How well does your community meet your needs — both today and in the future? With AARP Public Policy Institute’s new Livability Index: Great Neighborhoods for All Ages, people and policymakers have a first-of-its-kind resource to determine how well their neighborhoods support all members of the community. This is particularly important in the coming years to address the changing needs and wants of this country’s aging population as nearly 9 in 10 Americans 65-plus want to age in their communities …

Livability’s the Point of Urban Renewal in Fort Worth

Just northeast of downtown Fort Worth, in a neighborhood of artists, professionals and working-class residents, a cadre of AARP volunteers is collaborating with community leaders and residents to transform Six Points Urban Village in the Riverside District into a vibrant, walkable place. Named for its six-way intersection of three major streets, Six Points is one of 16 designated urban villages in Fort Worth. They’re small, dense — and sometimes long-neglected — pockets of the city that have been identified for a makeover …