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The Public Policy Institute’s Livable Communities Team conducts research and policy analysis and brings together thought leaders to develop and advance AARP’s public policy agenda on livable communities issues.
Click below for reports on major livable communities topics. Use the PPI search box on the right for a more precise search.
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Policy and Design Considerations for Accommodating Low-Speed Vehicles and Golf Carts in Community Transportation Networks
Low-speed vehicles and golf carts offer economical transportation options in many communities. This report by Jana Lynott shows growing use of these vehicles will require greater attention to planning, infrastructure design, public education, and regulation. read
This report highlights a drop in the percentage of homeowners over 50 who own their homes free and clear and shows rising costs for those who rent or still pay mortgages. An AARP Public Policy Institute Insight on the Issues by Rodney Harrell, PhD. read
How the Travel Patterns of Older Adults Are Changing: Highlights from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey
A report shows that older adults make up an increasing share of the nation’s travel. They are using public transportation more and driving less than in the past. The number of older nondrivers has grown by more than one million, raising concerns about future mobility needs. read
Preserving Affordability and Access in Livable Communities: Subsidized Housing Opportunities near Transit and the 50+ Population
As communities address the general shortage of affordable housing, preserving affordable housing in transit-oriented developments (TODs) is one of the challenges that communities must address to increase livability. read
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