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  • Beginner Recipes for Creating Better Places (November 13)
  • Last Week to Register for our Placemaking Webcasts (November 6)
  • Meet Us in the Alley! (October 23)
  • See What David Bowie, Maya Angelou, Alan Jackson and a Mermaid Have in Common (October 16)
  • This High School Has a Senior (Citizen) Center (October 9)
  • Pop In to Learn About Placemaking (October 2)
  • People With Dementia Talk About Having Dementia (September 25)
  • Spread the Word About Livability (in 5 Languages) (September 18)
  • Now Online: Videos and More from the 2019 AARP Rural Livability Workshop (September 4)
  • How to Make a Community More Livable in 90 Days! (August 14)
  • Get to Know the 300+ AARP Community Challenge Grantees (August 7)
  • Dog Parks, Splash Pads, Pickleball and More! (July 31)
  • Free Guides About ADUs (July 24)
  • The AARP Community Challenge Winners Are ... (July 17)
  • The Power and Purpose of Parks (July 10)
  • Learn How Dangerous Your State is for Pedestrians (June 26)
  • American Men are Gathering in Aussie-Style "Sheds" (June 19)
  • New, Free: A Guide to Home Maintenance and Safety Solutions (June 12)
  • Register: Rural Livability Workshop Livestream (June 5)
  • Engaging the Community to Create Community (May 22)
  • Four States With Something in Common (May 15)
  • New, Free Guide: The ABCs of ADUs (May 8)
  • The 'MaaS' Appeal of Mobility as a Service (May 1)
  • Webinar Video: Missing Middle Housing (Apr. 24)
  • The Challenge Deadline is tonight! (Apr. 17)
  • The Challenge Deadline is one week away! (Apr. 10)
  • Housing for Grandparents (Apr. 3)
  • Need a Notched Trowel But Don’t Want to Buy One? (Mar. 27)
  • AARP Community Challenge Deadline: One Month Away! (Mar. 20)
  • Students are Living Like Retirees (Mar. 13)
  • Focusing on Rural Livability (Mar. 6)
  • Getting Ready to Ride in Self-Driving Cars (Feb. 27)
  • The 2019 AARP Community Challenge is On! (Feb. 20)
  • Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report (Feb. 13)
  • New, Free: Making Room: Housing for a Changing America (Feb. 6)
  • AARP Survey Finds Mayors and Local Leaders are the Least Polarizing Elected Officials (Jan. 30)
  • 2019 Dangerous by Design report (Jan. 23)
  • Roadmap to Livability: Book 6: The Economic Development Workbook (Jan. 16)


  • 300+ Communities and Counting (Dec. 12)
  • Now Online: Videos and More from the 2018 AARP National Livable Communities Conference (Dec. 5)
  • Creating Happier Holidays for Older Adults (Nov. 28)
  • Winter is Coming, Leading By Example, Lunching and Learning (Nov. 15)
  • Why Walkable Communities are the Best Communities for Older Adults (Oct. 24)
  • A Ball Club Where Only the Oldest Need Apply (Oct. 17)
  • Community Farming and Raised-Bed Gardening (Oct. 10)
  • A Retiree Teaches Teens to Sew, and Teens Teach Tech to Retirees (Oct. 3)
  • New, Free Publication: Creating Parks and Public Spaces for People of All Ages (Sept. 26)
  • Can Your Mayor Carry a Tune, or Cook Up a Batch of Chili? (Sept. 19)
  • AARP 2018 Home and Community Survey (Sept. 12)
  • Slideshow: Join Us in Charlotte, North Carolina (Sept. 5)
  • 10 Tips for Engaging With "Kupuna" (Plus: Take our "Boomer.ology" Quiz) (Aug. 15)
  • See an Example of a Complete Street (Plus: How to Build a Better Block) (Aug. 8)
  • How to Encourage Neighborhood 'Playdates' (Aug. 1
  • Registration is Open for the 2018 AARP National Livable Communities Conference (July 25)
  • And the Winners of the 2018 AARP Community Challenge Are ... (July 18)
  • Roadmap to Livability: Book 5: The Health Services and Community Supports Workbook (July 11)
  • The AARP Livability Index is Updated for 2018 (June 27)
  • Resilience Lessons from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (June 20)
  • The 2018 Edition of Where We Live is Available Today! (June 13)
  • Preorder the 2018 Edition of Where We Live (June 6)
  • Why We Do What We Do (May 30)
  • Roadmap to Livability: Book 4: The Transportation Workbook (May 23)
  • 7 Street-Level Solutions for Safer Cycling (May 16)
  • One Week Left to Apply! (May 9)
  • 1,000,000 Rides and Counting (May 2)
  • Apply Soon! The AARP Community Challenge (Apr. 25)
  • Visit Age-Friendly Maine and/or Age-Friendly Japan (Apr. 18)
  • Roadmap to Livability: Book 3: The Housing Workbook (Apr. 11)
  • Save the Date! Send a Proposal! 2018 AARP Livable Communities National Conference (Apr. 4)
  • Teens Triumph Over Aging (Mar. 28)
  • The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is On! (Mar. 21)
  • Roadmap to Livability: Book 2: Community Listening Sessions Tool Kit (Mar. 14)
  • A Place for Multigenerational Gamers (Mar. 7)
  • How to Get a Pedestrian Island Installed (Feb. 28)
  • AARP Walk Audit Guides: Now Available in Print! (Feb. 21)
  • Is Your State Age-Friendly? Two Now Are (Feb. 14)
  • GrandPals Are a Great Idea + Trading Time for a Tax Break (Feb. 7)
  • A Golden Solution for Slippery Sidewalks (Jan. 31)
  • Roadmap to Livability: The First Book in a Six-Part Series (Jan. 24)
  • Would an E-Bike Get You Pedaling? (Jan. 17)


  • Is Where You Live on the List? (Dec. 13)
  • Highlights from the 2017 AARP Livable Communities National Conference (Dec. 6)
  • The Mayor's Book Club of Burlington, North Carolina (Nov. 29)
  • How to Create an Annual Report People Will Actually Read (Nov. 15)
  • How to Find an Age-Friendly Home (Nov. 8)
  • What a Giant Owl and Orange Octopus Have to Do With Livability (Nov. 1)
  • The Power of Popsicles, Toilet Paper and Chalk (Oct. 25)
  • Helping Secure Safe Drinking Water in Flint (Oct. 18)
  • Vacant Lots Can Create Clean Water (Oct. 11)
  • Does Your Community Offer Mental Health First Aid Training? (Oct. 4)
  • Telecommuters: Welcome and Wanted! (Sept. 27)
  • How to Reduce Car-vs-Bicycle Crashes by 81 Percent (Sept.20)
  • Southern Maine Towns Share Solutions for Seniors and Sleepy Students (Sept. 13)
  • AARP Community Challenge Winners (Sept. 7)
  • The newsletter was on hiatus from July 26-September 7 due to website upgrades
  • Download or Order the New Where We Live  Book (July 26)
  • Slideshow: A Livable Tour of Japan (July 19)
  • Call for Proposals (July 12)
  • Ready, Set, Go! Apply to the AARP Community Challenge (June 27)
  • Why Facebook Users Really Like the Bangor Police Department (June 14)
  • Apply! AARP Community Challenge (June 7)
  • New Hampshire Says Yes to Accessory Dwelling Units (May 31)
  • Slideshow and How To: Main Street Bethel, Vermont, Gets a Makeover (May 24)
  • AARP Pop-Up Demonstration Tool Kit (and a Protected Intersection Project) (May 17)
  • Pop-Up Project: Road Diet and Plaza (May 10)
  • Pop-Up Project: Protected Bike Lanes Can Pop-Up Overnight (May 3)
  • Pop-Up Project: Streetscape Revitalization (Apr. 26)
  • Pop-Up Project: A New Jersey Plaza (Apr. 19
  • Pop-Up Project: A Montana Parklet (Apr. 12)
  • Planning a Placemaking Pop-Up (Apr. 5)
  • 20+ Ways Local Leader Can Connect With the People They Serve (Mar. 29)
  • How to Get Community Leaders Walking (Mar. 22)
  • 11 Ways to Make Streets Safe for Walking (Mar. 15)
  • AARP Livability Index: Updated (Mar. 8)
  • An Award-Winning Home Renovation (Mar. 1)
  • Slideshow: Look at These Little Free Libraries (Feb. 22)
  • Sharing Spaces: This High School Has a Senior Center (Feb. 15)
  • Welcome to the 20-Minute Village (Feb. 8)
  • What 108 Mayors are Saying (Feb. 1)
  • Slideshow: Let's Have Some Fun (Jan. 25)
  • 2016 "Dangerous by Design" Report (Jan. 11)
  • An LGBT-Welcoming Place to Call Home (Jan. 4)


  • Is Where You Live on the List? (Dec. 21)
  • Slideshow: Signs That Say So Much (Dec. 14)
  • How Block Parties Can Build Bridges (Dec. 7)
  • Extra Space, Extra Money (Nov. 30
  • Profitably Aging-in-Place (Nov. 16)
  • Talking Transportation with Gil Penalosa and Ray LaHood (Nov. 2)
  • One House = Two Homes: Multigenerational Housing and Building Intergenerational Bonds (Oct. 26)
  • 5 Questions & Answers About Vision Zero (Oct 19)
  • Tiny Houses, Tiny Tour (Oct 12)
  • How to Conduct a Community Walk Audit (Oct 5)
  • Modern Families, Old Zoning (Sept 28)
  • The Winners List: Mayors' Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets (Sept 21)
  • How Bicycle-Friendly Streets are Good for People Who Don't Ride Bikes (Sept 14)
  • Get Where We Live for Free! And Tell Us About Where You Live (Sept 7)
  • Where We Live: Community Engagement (August 31)
  • Where We Live: Neighborhood (August 24)
  • Where We Live: Culture (August 17)
  • Where We Live: Health (August 10)
  • Where We Live: Opportunity (August 3)
  • Where We Live: Environment (July 27)
  • Where We Live: Transportation (July 20)
  • Get the New AARP book Where We Live ... for Free! Plus: An excerpt of the Housing chapter (July 13)
  • Florida Works on Becoming More Walkable (July 6)
  • 5 Questions About Smart Growth — plus, Livable Lingo (June 29)
  • In Search of Missing Middle Housing (June 22)
  • Happy Father's Day, Dads! Check Out This Shed! (June 15)
  • 7 Ways Communities Can Be More Livable for People with Vision or Hearing Impairments (June 8)
  • We're Now Weekly: Shuffleboard Is Out, Pickleball Is In! (June 1)
  • Now in 5 Languages: The "In a Livable Community ..." poster (May)
  • It's Time to 'Disrupt' How We Get Around (April)
  • Disrupt Aging by Rethinking Where We Live (March)
  • 'Aging Friendly' Solutions for Most Every Remodeling Project (Feb)
  • 20 Questions and Answers About Cohousing (Jan)


  • The Imagining Livability Design Guide (Dec)
  • Pictures of Age-Friendly Places and Programs (Nov)
  • A Home Remodeling Before & After Slideshow (Oct)
  • The Livability Economy + Living a Car-Free Life (Sept)
  • Solutions for Small Town Main Streets (Aug)
  • Transforming Suburban Streets and Commercial Strips. Plus: A Q&A with Gil Penalosa (July)
  • Tools for Making a Community Livable, Safe, Walkable (June)
  • 11 Inspiring Livability Examples (May)
  • The Livability Index. Plus: A Livable Tour of Des Moines (April)
  • New Guide and Worksheets for Making a Home "Fit" (March)
  • Slideshow (and printable download): In a Livable Community (Feb)
  • Tiny Houses, Lifelong Houses, Not So Big Houses (Jan)


  • Bookmark, Share These Winning Livability Resources (Dec)
  • 15 Cities Working to Be Great for Older Adults (Nov)
  • 11 Ways to Create Great Places (Oct)
  • U.S. Housing 'Unprepared' for Wave of Older Adults (Sept) 
  • How to Create a Grandparents Park (Aug)
  • Slideshow: A House That Can Be a Home for Life (July)
  • Where Have All Our Young People Gone? (June)
  • The Most Dangerous Places to Be a Pedestrian (May)
  • Slideshow: The 8 Domains of Livability (April)
  • Texas is Becoming More Walkable (March)
  • Portland Takes Age-Friendly Action (Feb)