Two people walking along a tree-lined city street.
Recognizing the need for more walkable communities to benefit older adults and people of all ages, Marketplace Weekend, an American Public Media broadcast that airs on NPR, visited with Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of the AARP state and national group, which includes AARP Livable Communities.
Mindowaskin Park, Westfield, NJ
Post by Nancy LeaMond, AARP:  
It seems counterintuitive that heavy snows would make people appreciative of the sidewalks they're shoveling, but some friends and colleagues are telling us that's what has been happening this winter.
Americans love traveling to cities where there's excitement on the streets and people-watching is rewarding and fun; places where it's easy to take care of the needs of daily life, yet these same routines often bring pleasant surprises. We take photos and put them on the mantelpiece to preserve fond memories. These cities - as small as Winter Park, Fla.; Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.; Princeton, N.J.; Burlington, Vt.; Sitka, Alaska; and Charleston, S.C. - have much in common, but the glue that makes them so enjoyable, healthy, socially rewarding, affordable and memorable is density.
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