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Livability Fact Sheets

Information to help make your community a great place for people of all ages

Livable Community Fact Sheets

Livable communities have housing options, safe streets, sidewalks, green spaces and indoor and outdoor places for people of all ages to work and play. — Getty Images

AARP Livable Communities has partnered with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute to create the Livability Fact Sheet series.

A package of comprehensive, easy-to-read livability resources, the fact sheets can be used 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 fact sheet is a four-page PDF document that can be read online or printed and distributed. We encourage sharing, so please forward the fact sheets and use them for discussions and research. 

If you have comments or questions, contact us at livable@aarp.org and/or community@walklive.org.

Senior man riding a bike.

Bicycling

Half of all trips taken in the U.S. are three miles or less, yet only 3 percent of commuting trips are by bicycle. By helping communities embrace bicycling as a healthy and viable transportation option, we can improve our numbers.

Density: Livable Communities

Density

The aging U.S. population and ongoing decline in the share of households with children is boosting the demand for smaller homes in more compact neighborhoods.

Economic Development

Economic Development

Walkable, bike-friendly, age-friendly livable communities both save and make money — and they're very good for business.

Form-Based Code

Form-Based Code

By using the physical form rather than the separation of uses as an organizing principle, form-based code offers a powerful alternative to conventional zoning.

Modern Roundabouts

Modern Roundabouts

Roundabouts — circular intersections that move traffic counterclockwise around a central island — can help reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries. Sometimes it's smart to drive around in circles.

Parking

Parking

The average American household has 1.9 vehicles, and finding a place to put them when not in use consumes land, time and money. Here's how we can do a better job parking our cars.

Revitalization without Displacement

Revitalization Without Displacement

As communities are redeveloped to become more livable, the efforts risk displacing an area’s current, often longtime residents and businesses. Redevelopment efforts can benefit all residents, regardless of income or age.

Livability Fact Sheet: Road Diets

Road Diets

Supersized, multilane roadways are fast-moving, unattractive and often impossible to cross. To protect both pedestrians and drivers many communities are putting their roads on "diets" by reducing street widths and the number of vehicle lanes.

Sidewalks

Sidewalks

As public spaces, sidewalks are the front steps to a community, activating streets both socially and economically. It makes little sense that in so many neighborhoods, sidewalks are rare and even non-existent.

Street Trees

Street Trees

To quote a Chinese proverb, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Here's why tree-lined streets matter.

Traffic Calming: Livable Communities

Traffic Calming

Measures used to slow motor-vehicle traffic, often without reducing overall daily traffic volumes, increase safety and create a balanced urban environment for all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists.

This AARP Livability Fact Sheet collection was published in 2014

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