AARP Livability Fact Sheets


American Association of Retired Persons

A package of 11 comprehensive, easy-to-read livability resources that can be used individually or as a collection by community leaders, policy makers, citizen activists and others to learn about and explain what makes a city, town or neighborhood a great place for people of all ages. Each includes Myth Busting, Getting it Right, and Success Stories from across the U.S., including several from Canada.

Topics include:

  • Bicycling - bicycle-friendly features, economic benefits, infrastructure, etc.
  • Density - design of urban, suburban and rural areas with a range of transportation choices
  • Economic Development - economic benefits of a more balanced transportation system
  • Form-Based Coderelationships between buildings and street, pedestrians and vehicles, public and private spaces and the size and types of streets and blocks
  • Modern Roundabouts - benefits for traffic volume, aesthetically, and safety
  • Parking - possible solutions
  • Revitalization Without Displacementincreasing community health and stability by providing such features as affordable housing, robust transit services and access to transit, as well as services and shops within walking and bicycling distance
  • Road Dietsprotecting both pedestrians and drivers by reducing street widths and vehicle lanes
  • Sidewalks - safe, accessible, well-maintained sidewalks as a fundamental community investment that enhances public health and maximizes social capita
  • Street Trees - health, economic, ecological, and other benefits of street trees
  • Traffic Calminga system of design and management strategies that include narrowed roads, modern roundabouts, chicanes, median islands, etc., with the intent of slowing motor-vehicle traffic, often without reducing overall traffic volumes. The efforts increase safety and create a balanced urban environment for all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists.

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