Plus: Building for the Better After a Disaster
October 11, 2017  
Livable Communities Newsletter
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Vacant Lots Create Cleaner Water
By converting abandoned properties into bioretention gardens, Detroit is turning urban blight into attractive, all-natural water-filtration systems.
Projects for an Age-Friendlier Philly
The Rebuild Philadelphia initiative is investing in libraries, parks and playgrounds. Other work is focused on Complete Streets and Vision Zero policies. Mayor Jim Kenney (pictured with, yes, a LEGO man) talks to AARP about the city’s projects and plans.
Livability News & Notes
Saving Dying Suburbs — For many in the Northeast and Midwest, the best hope may be to merge with a city. Source: CityLab ►
Supportive, Affordable Housing Grows in Brooklyn — A partnership between a nonprofit organization, New York City and the State of New York has created more than 1,000 safe, modern apartments for low-income individuals and families. Source: PD&R Edge ►
Unaffordable Housing in Downtown L.A. — Homelessness in the city is on the rise, and there are way more vacant “luxury apartments” on the market than people willing or able to rent them. Source: Planetizen ►
Events, Resources & More
More From Where We Live — The first article in this newsletter is from the “Public Places and Outdoor Spaces” chapter of the new (free!) AARP book Where We Live: Communities for All Ages — 100+ Inspiring Ideas From America’s Community Leaders. Read More by Downloading or Ordering the Book ►
Building for the Better After a Disaster — Devastating events such as those experienced throughout the United States, Caribbean and points beyond these past several weeks can — over time — lead to towns, cities and neighborhoods becoming more livable for people of all ages. Learn How ►
Join Us in Dallas — We've moved the AARP Livable Communities National Conference to a larger venue so, for the first time ever, this invitation-only annual event has room for community leaders and advocates we haven't yet met. The gathering begins on November 14. Space is limited. Learn More ►
AARP Foundation is providing emergency relief to hurricane victims.
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