Plus: Take a Look at This Floating Crosswalk
November 29, 2017  
Livable Communities Newsletter
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A North Carolina City Is Serious About Reading
To encourage discussions about important issues and provide ways for people of all ages to spend time together, Mayor Ian Baltutis (back row, center) leads a monthly book group.
A Michigan City Without Lights Receives a Solar Solution
After the electric company removed more than 1,000 streetlights due to the municipality’s unpaid bills, a community-based nonprofit is brightening the night.
Livability News & Notes
You Won’t Believe Your Eyes — Take a look at the photograph accompanying the article “Why Can’t We Have Traffic-Calming ‘3-D’ Crosswalks Like Iceland?” It’s very cool. Source: Streetsblog USA ►
How to Develop a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan — An updated version of a guide first published in 2006 explains how data can be used to match safety programs and improvements with demonstrated safety concerns.
Source: Federal Highway Administration ►
Made in Place — That’s the title of a new report (and December 7th webinar) about the many ways small-scale manufacturing can grow local entrepreneurship and small businesses, develop or enhance new and existing economic sectors, and revitalize downtowns and business districts. Source: Smart Growth America ►
Events, Resources & More
We’re Polling Planners! — AARP is working with the American Planning Association on a survey about livability. If you’re a city or county planner (housing, transportation, parks, etc.) please answer our brief, anonymous, online questionnaire.
Take the Survey and Share the Survey ►
Engaged Cities Need Apply — The first-ever Engaged Cities Award 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 winning cities will be chosen, with the grand prize-winner receiving $100,000. The deadline is January 5, 2018. Learn More ►
The first two articles in this issue are adapted from the free AARP book
Where We Live: Communities for All Ages — 100+ Inspiring Ideas From America’s Community Leaders.
Download or Order the Book ►