AARP Livability Fact Sheets
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.
- 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 Code - relationships 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 Displacement - increasing 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 Diets - protecting 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 Calming - a 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.