Making Places (Even Times Square) More Livable

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Times Square in New York is one of those places that people recognize and can picture even if they’ve never set foot in the city. And although Times Square itself has changed a lot in 110 years (the location received its current name when the New York Times moved its headquarters there in 1904), it retains its unique appearance and sense of place. Stay Informed: Subscribe to the AARP Livable Communities Monthly e-Newsletter It wouldn’t …

Ode to New Jersey

Post by Nancy LeaMond, AARP:  All you have to do is say you’re from New Jersey and someone will ask, “What exit?” I’m a proud New Jersey native.  I grew up in Millburn, a north Jersey town not far from Manhattan. I lived there through high school, and I return often to visit friends and family. Even though I’m a Maryland gal now, there will always be a special place in my heart for the Garden State, which is why it’s …

Best U.S. Cities for Public Transit, Living Without a Car

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Walk Score, an organization that evaluates the walkability of communities throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia, has announced its 2014 Transit Score rankings of U.S. cities with such good public transit systems that owning a car is truly optional. Stay Informed: Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter (The number in parenthesis is the city’s Transit Score on a 0 to 100 scale with 100 being the best possible score.) 1. New York (81) 2. …

The 10 Most Walkable Cities in the U.S.

Post 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 …