LOCATION: Louisville, Kentucky
GRANTEE: Louisville Metro Government
Louisville has invested in expanding the walkability and bikeability of its downtown. One of those roads is Ninth Street, which, at a width of 150 feet, has the feel of a thoroughfare. AARP funding was used to improve the safety and aesthetics at the large intersection of Ninth Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Funds have been used to upgrade crosswalks and explore sidewalk expansions in order to decrease crossing distances. The funds were also applied to the purchase of benches for the underutilized green space in the median around an existing piece of public artwork. Doing so created a public space for residents declared that "a place to sit and rest" in the area was one of their preferred amenities.
The AARP Community Challenge funds "quick-action" projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages.