Plus: Building for the Better After a Disaster
October 11, 2017
Livable Communities Newsletter
Tool Kits & Resources
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.
Saving Dying Suburbs
— For many in the Northeast and Midwest, the best hope may be to merge with a city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AARP Foundation is providing emergency relief to hurricane victims.
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