Robin Chase on Seizing Transportation (and Other) Opportunities at a Moment of Change

Hosted in Dallas, the¬†2017 AARP Livable Communities National Conference¬†was an opportunity for elected officials, planning professionals, local leaders and community advocates from throughout the nation to share ideas, best practices and solutions for making towns, cities and communities more livable for people of all ages. The following video is from November 16, 2017, Day 2 of the AARP Livable Communities conference. Keynote Address: Seizing Opportunities at a Moment of Change Robin Chase, Transportation Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Zipcar Learn about the …

Leading the Way Forward in Transportation

Hosted in Dallas, the 2017 AARP Livable Communities National Conference was an opportunity for elected officials, planning professionals, local leaders and community advocates from throughout the nation to share ideas, best practices and solutions for making towns, cities and communities more livable for people of all ages. The conference began on November 15 with welcome remarks from Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, and Joe Chow, the Mayor of Addison, Texas. The following video begins …

Threats to Infrastructure Funding Could Undermine Successful Local Development Efforts

Well-designed, transit-rich neighborhoods provide many benefits to residents of all ages, as I document in, ‚ÄúIndependence Found in Downsizing to a Transit Rich Neighborhood.‚ÄĚ These neighborhoods also provide dividends to the larger community, generating higher property values, rents, and revenue than real estate located further away from high quality public transportation services. Cities as diverse as Seattle, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Detroit, and Washington, DC have all strengthened their regional economies through investment in transit-oriented development (TOD). ¬†And because their residents …

Transportation Challenges: Is Your Community Livable?

Dennis Eisnach – AARP National Policy Council volunteer What do you do when you live in rural America and need a ride to the doctor’s office or have to pick up a prescription at the drugstore? Transportation is a basic need for seniors who want to age in place. This is a problem faced by seniors in rural America and many urban areas. As people age they become more dependent on public transportation. In rural America where there is limited …

Different Generations, Similar Desire for Walkable Communities

  Comments on a blog post about a revitalizing neighborhood in Washington, D.C., claimed that older people often don’t care about having amenities such as shopping and health care within walking distance. They can live in the suburbs and have everything they need. Affordable housing in urban areas,¬†one person¬†argued, better serves younger people who work. But, as an author of the recently released AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) What Is Livable? Report, I can tell you the opposite is true: …

Pedestrian Fatalities Map: Check Out a Corner Near You

Three years ago the “Dangerous by Design” report noted that between the years 2000 and 2009 the number of vehicle-caused pedestrian deaths was equivalent to “a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month.” Subscribe today!¬†AARP Livable Communities Newsletter Streets engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles are “dangerous by design,” explains the¬†National Complete Streets Coalition, the¬†Smart Growth America¬†program behind the report (of which AARP is a sponsor). …