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Missing Middle Housing Slideshow
For decades, residential development has focused on apartment buildings or detached single-family homes.
Illustration courtesy Opticos Design
The 8 Domains of Livability
The availability and quality of these community features impact the well-being of older adults
Livable Communities: A Show and Tell
Walkability, places to gather, make a city or town a livable place for being 50-plus — or any age
Dangerously Incomplete Streets
Look at these photos, then think about the roadways near you
Focusing on Rural Livability
A snapshot sampling of America's small town, agricultural and remote communities
Housing a Changing America: Stats and Facts
The popular vision of the American household is inaccurate and outdated
How to Create an Annual Report People Will Actually Read
Suwanee, Georgia, punches up its annual accounting of revenues and expenses
Missing Middle Housing Types
Located in walkable neighborhoods, these needed, mid-sized, often multifamily residences are compatible in scale and form with detached single-family homes
A Home Remodeling Before and After Slideshow
Small and large changes make a Florida house suitable for "aging in place"
Take a Tour of Our 'Lifelong' Home
An Oregon couple design and build an aging-friendly house
A House That Can Be a 'Home For Life'
Aging in place is an option when a home can be remodeled or is smartly designed from the start
Take a Tiny Houses Tour
It really is possible to live large in small spaces
A Snapshot (and Snapshots) of Transit-Oriented Development
Getting around without a car is possible when housing, work and transportation needs are planned and placed together
Literary Lessons in Tattnall Square Park (Macon, Georgia)
Disposing of trash in this downtown green space gives back in wise ways
Parklets Become Places for 'StrEateries'
The COVID-19 pandemic has moved restaurant dining outdoors and into the streets
Main Street Gets a Makeover
See how a weekend transformation made downtown Bethel, Vermont, pop!
Signs That Say So Much
Some signage is especially useful, thought-provoking, creative, fun or simply odd
Little Free Libraries Appear in All Sorts of Places
Readers worldwide are helping ensure that books play a role in making a community livable
Let's Have Some Fun!
Livable places have spaces where people of all ages can get out and play
Pictures of Age-Friendly Places and Programs
See what's been happening in some of the cities and towns that belong to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities
A Livable Tour of Age-Friendly Des Moines
Yes, the opening photo was taken in Iowa. See it and several more!
What Livable Looks Like in Japan
Take a slideshow tour of sights and scenes in and around Tokyo
In a Livable Community, People of All Ages Can ...
People of all ages can do lots of things!
Cities That Want to Be Great for Older Adults
By 2030 one in five Americans will be age 65 or older. Smart communities nationwide are getting ready — now
Join Us in Charlotte, North Carolina
The 6th annual AARP Livable Communities National Conference took place "Uptown" in November 2018. Here's some of what makes Charlotte a good city for a livability gathering
The Magic of Murals
When used to create oversized, hard-to-miss art, paint can have placemaking powers
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