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November 8, 2017  
Livable Communities Newsletter
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How to Find an Age-Friendly Home
The Lifelong Housing Certification program in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley provides clear answers for buyers and renters — and real benefits for property owners. (Plus: See inside the “certified” house pictured here.)
Affordability First
When development began along the riverfront in West Sacramento, California, one of the first buildings to rise in the mixed-income, mixed-use area provides high-quality affordable housing for “working families and seniors.” The construction sequencing was intentional.
Livability News & Notes
A Hotel Becomes a Home — After some stumbles and a major renovation, the historic California Hotel in Oakland is successfully housing low-income and formerly homeless residents in more than 135 residential apartments. The ballroom is now a community room. The lobby serves as an art gallery. Source: PD&R Edge ►
A ‘Pay Attention or Pay’ Law Goes Into Effect — It’s now illegal for pedestrians to text or be staring at a phone or similar screen while crossing streets in Honolulu. Violators are issued citations and fines. Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser ►
A Day Without Delivery Trucks — Having experienced some of the Houston-area gas shortages after Hurricane Harvey, a writer worries about the local dependence on goods and services from far away. Source: Strong Towns ►
Events, Resources & More
More From Where We Live — The first two articles in this newsletter also appear in the “Housing” chapter of the new (free!) AARP book Where We Live: Communities for All Ages — 100+ Inspiring Ideas From America’s Community Leaders.
Download or Order the Book ►
Engaged Cities Awards — Cities of Service, a nonprofit organization that helps mayors build stronger cities, is accepting applications from cities with populations of 30,000 or more that "successfully engage citizens to help create and implement solutions to pressing local problems." Three winners will be chosen, with the grand prize-winner receiving $100,000. The deadline is January 5, 2018. Get the Details ►
New Mayors Attend for Free! — The registration fee for the Mayor’s Innovation Project two-day Winter 2018 Policy Meeting (to be held in Washington, D.C., in January) is being waived for first-time mayors of non-member cities. Learn More ►