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Created for community "influencers" — elected officials, planners, municipal staff, placemaking pros, local leaders, policymakers, citizen activists and residents — the weekly, award-winning AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter features livability news, best practices, how-to’s, interviews and more about age-friendly efforts from places near and far. The newsletter, which is published on Wednesdays, is how we announce the release of our newest free publications and the application period for the annual AARP Community Challenge grant program. Links to past issues (titled according to each edition's featured article) appear below.

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  • How to Create a Grandparents Park (Nov. 10) 
  • Parents are Creating Housing for Adult Children With Special Needs (Nov. 3)
  • Free: AARP HomeFit Guide Worksheets (Oct. 27)
  • How Reduced Parking Requirements Can Create More Housing (Oct. 20)
  • Available Now! Videos and more from our ‘Engaging Older Adults’ Workshop (Oct. 13)
  • Free Publication for Local Leaders About Using the ARPA (Oct. 6)
  • 3 Free Guides About Parks and Public Places (Sep. 29)
  • Join Us Online at 1 pm (ET) (Sep.22)
  • The 2021 Livable Communities Workshop Is a Week Away  (Sep. 15)
  • Register for the free AARP Community Engagement Workshop (Sep. 8)
  • Test What You Know About Livability (Aug. 25)
  • Register for the free 2021 AARP Livable Communities Workshop (Aug. 18)
  • New! An American Rescue Plan Guide for Local Leaders (Aug. 11)
  • 2021 AARP Community Challenge Winning Grantees (July 28)
  • Find What You Need From A to Z (July 21)
  • Housing, Universal Design and Visitability (July 14)
  • Livable Lesson Video: Incremental Zoning Code Reform (July 7)
  • Free Download About What Makes a Community Livable (Jun. 23)
  • How Equitable Development Can Create Better Places for All (Jun. 16)
  • What is a Livable Community? (Jun. 9)
  • How a Rural County and Small Town Secured High-Speed Internet (Jun. 2)
  • Get Our Free, Award-Winning Publication — About Zoning! (May 19)
  • Small Homes That Come in Many Shapes and Sizes (May 12) 
  • May Is a Milestone Birthday for Bicycling (May 5)
  • Solutions from 7 Age-Friendly Communities (Apr. 28)
  • How to Use (Apr. 21)
  • Free Publication for Smart Cycling (Apr. 14)
  • Livable Lesson Video with Gil Penalosa (Apr. 7)
  • See the Design Differences Between a Safe and Dangerous Street (Mar. 31)
  • Livable Lesson Videos: Supporting Downtowns During and After COVID-19 (Mar. 24)
  • Why California Created a Master Plan for Aging (Mar. 17)
  • Learn What the AARP Community Challenge Has Achieved (Mar. 10)
  • Free AARP + Project for Public Spaces Webinar: March 9 (Mar. 3)
  • Placemaking During a Pandemic (Feb. 24)
  • AARP is Accepting Grant Applications (Feb. 17)
  • Age-Friendly Communities and Equity (Feb. 10)
  • Now Showing: Age-Friendly Network "Training" Videos (Feb. 3)
  • Free Publication: A Model for Enabling Better Places (Jan. 27)
  • No newsletter on Jan. 20
  • Free Webinar: Bicycling and Older Adults (Jan. 13)  
  • Register for Two Housing Webinars (Jan. 6)



  • No newsletter on Dec. 30
  • No newsletter on Dec. 23
  • 492 Age-Friendly Communities — And Counting (Dec. 16)
  • How Local Leaders Can Help People Social Distance Outdoors in Winter (Dec. 9)
  • Free Guides and More About ADUs (Dec. 2)
  • No newsletter on Nov. 25
  • Local Lessons From Livability Leaders (Nov. 18)
  • A Past and Future Vision for Aging in Place (Nov. 11)
  • No newsletter on Nov. 4
  • What Does Safe Transportation for the 50+ Look Like Now? (Oct. 28)
  • Age-Friendly Actions and Impacts (Oct. 21)
  • Meet the Livable Communities 'Corps' Team (Oct. 14)
  • The Livable Library is Open! (Oct. 7)
  • Videos from the AARP Livable Transportation Workshop (Sept. 30)
  • The United States is an Aging Nation (Sept. 23)
  • Join Us Online Today and Tomorrow (Sept. 15)
  • Get the Free, All New AARP HomeFit Guide (Sept. 9)
  • No newsletter on Sept. 2
  • No newsletter on Aug. 26
  • Announcing the 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grantees (Aug. 20)
  • Register for the AARP Livable Communities Transportation Workshop (Aug. 12)
  • 'StrEateries' Are Spreading (Aug. 5)
  • Join the Discussion 7/30: Commercial Districts and COVID-19 (July 29)
  • Speak Up About Cycling (July 22)
  • See the Housing That’s Gone Missing (July 15)
  • New, Free: Walk Audit Worksheets (July 8)
  • No newsletter on July 1
  • 5 Watch-Whenever Webinars (June 24)
  • Livability, Mobility and Equity (June 17)
  • How to Help a Community in Crisis (June 11)
  • No newsletter on June 3
  • How Communities Are Protecting Older Adults From COVID-19 (May 27)
  • No newsletter on May 20
  • The 8 Domains of Livability and COVID-19 (May 13)
  • Hold On to Your 'Why' (May 6)
  • Making Cities and Spaces Work for People (Apr. 29)
  • Why High-Speed Internet is Slow to Connect Rural America (Apr. 22)
  • Walking Provides Self-Care and Connections During the Pandemic (Apr. 15)
  • Getting Counted in the Census and Making Connections (Apr. 8)
  • New (Free!) Publication: AARP Rural Livability Workshop Report (Apr. 1)
  • Extended to May 15: AARP Community Challenge Deadline (Mar. 25)
  • Join a Live Coronavirus Tele-Town Hall: March 19, 1 pm (ET) (Mar. 18)
  • Grants for Good Projects (Apply by April 1) (Mar. 11)
  • See If You'll Be Where We'll Be (Mar. 4)
  • Preorder the AARP Rural Livability Report (Feb. 26)
  • Now Showing: Quick Videos About "Quick-Action" Community Projects (Feb. 19)
  • Get a Free Guide. Apply for a Grant (Feb. 12)
  • The 2020 AARP Community Challenge is On! (Feb. 5)
  • Why People 50+ Are Good for the Economy (Jan. 29)
  • Wanted: Sevice-Minded "Public Allies" for the Livable Communities Corps (Jan. 22)



  • 400+ Communities and Counting! (Dec. 11)
  • New! The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit (Dec. 4)
  • More Recipes for Placemaking (Nov. 20)
  • Beginner Recipes for Creating Better Places (Nov. 13)
  • Last Week to Register for our Placemaking Webcasts (Nov. 6)
  • Meet Us in the Alley! (Oct. 23)
  • See What David Bowie, Maya Angelou, Alan Jackson and a Mermaid Have in Common (Oct. 16)
  • This High School Has a Senior (Citizen) Center (Oct. 9)
  • Pop In to Learn About Placemaking (Oct. 2)
  • People With Dementia Talk About Having Dementia (Sept. 25)
  • Spread the Word About Livability (in 5 Languages) (Sept. 18)
  • Now Online: Videos and More from the 2019 AARP Rural Livability Workshop (Sept. 4)
  • How to Make a Community More Livable in 90 Days! (Aug 14)
  • Get to Know the 300+ AARP Community Challenge Grantees (Aug. 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)

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