AARP Community Challenge 2017: Nashville, Tennessee

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Implementing community engagement and public space projects Urban planners hosted community engagement and public space demonstration projects in several Nashville neighborhoods to help improve quality of life, walkability, health and safety. Learn more about the AARP Community Challenge and the winning grantees Watch more AARP Community Challenge videos Stay informed! Subscribe to the free, weekly AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter Visit the AARP Livable Communities website

AARP Community Challenge 2017: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Turning vacant lots into community spaces By planting grass that only grows 6 inches tall and needs to be mowed only twice a year, Tri County Community Action, a private, nonprofit community development agency, was able to take control of several vacant lots that had become dumping sites, overgrown with weeds and debris. Learn more about the AARP Community Challenge and the winning grantees …

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AARP Community Challenge 2017: Wayne, Michigan

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Turning a barren alley into a gathering space Derby’s Alley, a city-center pathway in downtown Wayne, Michigan, now boasts new benches and tables and a space for events. “We wanted to make our downtown walkable,” said Juan Bradford, president of the Wayne Main Street Association. “[We wanted to] make it a friendly inviting place for anybody who wants to come …

AARP Community Challenge 2017: Fort Worth, Texas

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Improving driver and pedestrian safety on a residential roadway The Linwood Park neighborhood in Fort Worth has long grappled with 30-foot-wide streets with poor lighting and no sidewalks or crosswalks. The city partnered with AARP Texas and the urban planning firm Team Better Block to install a temporary traffic circle, along with signage and improved lighting. Within three months of …

AARP Community Challenge 2017: St. Louis, Missouri

The AARP Community Challenge  funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Using pop-up demonstrations to imagine improved public transit spaces St. Louis’ transit system covers 46 miles and and hosts 37 stations of light-rail and interconnected bus systems. A one-day pop-up market in the North Hanley Station’s massive, underused parking helped the community see how the space could be better used. The event featured dining and retail options, Tai Chi …