LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina
GRANTEE: City of Charlotte
Before the advent of air conditioning, a Southern home was not complete without a front porch containing a swing. Neighbors could visit from their porch or by gathering on a porch. An AARP grant funded two porch swings at bus stops along Belmont Avenue, the community’s primary bus route, where many older adults rely heavily on public transit. The swings create a unifying, communal atmosphere with a practical yet nostalgic nod to the past.
The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages.