Working Toward More Livable Communities

Will the community in which you live now continue to meet your needs in the years ahead? The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) has a powerful tool to help you answer that question, and even become a catalyst for local change. At AARP and within PPI, we’re working to ensure more livable communities for everyone. That’s more important than ever, given that people are living longer than at any time in history, and that by 2035 older adults will outnumber …

Building Livable Communities for All Ages in Washington, D.C.

  Many perceive Washington, DC as being a livable community. It has plenty of shops, interesting neighborhoods, fun destinations, lively streets, and transit options. Yet is the nation’s capital truly livable? A livable community is livable for people of all ages. Shops should include stores with healthy food choices and pharmacies, while interesting neighborhoods mean housing for diverse household types. Fun destinations should feature not just costly options, but recreation centers, libraries, and parks.  Lively streets should be safe for …

Is Your Community the Right Fit?

You like where you live. Your community is the perfect fit, you say. Yet will it be the right fit 10, 20, or 30 years from now? Will housing costs become an issue, and will you want different transportation options, closer access to your doctor, or perhaps a grocery store nearby? While it’s possible that your personal preferences may remain the same, priorities evolve through the years. At one time, school quality and proximity to work may have been your …