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In a Livable Community, People of All Ages Can ...

Well, as this photo gallery details, they can do lots of things! Take a look, and don't miss the shareable, printable download we created so you can show and tell others all about livability

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    Spend Time Together

    A community that's livable for people of all ages and life stages is a town, city or neighborhood that people can safely and comfortably reside in from childhood to old age.

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    Go For a Walk

    People are more active and socially engaged in communities that have sidewalks than in those that don't. According to Smart Growth America, the chances of a pedestrian being struck by a car more than doubles when an area has no sidewalks.

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  • Plymouth, MI: Photo by the WALC Institute

    Safely Cross the Street

    In too many places, the only way to get from one side of a street to the other is to drive. In a livable community roadways are designed for people as well as for vehicles.

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    Ride a Bike

    Since the 19th century, Prospect Park West, a boulevard in Brooklyn, N.Y., has had vehicle lanes (first for horse-drawn carriages, then cars) and wide sidewalks for pedestrians. In the 21st century bicyclists received their own designated path.

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  • Portland, OR: Photo by Steve Semler/Alamy

    Get Around Without a Car

    Not everyone has access to a car and not everyone can drive. Also, as many a driver knows, traffic, costs and poor road conditions can undermine the convenience of traveling by car. A livable community includes transportation options.

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    Live Comfortably

    A livable community has varied types of housing so people seeking to move to or remain in an area can do so at various price points — and with residential options suitable for people of varying ages, abilities and life stages.

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    Work or Volunteer

    A livable community has ways for people to earn a living and, when time and obligations allow, put their energy, interests and skills to use through volunteer work, too.

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    Visit Public Places

    Spending time out and about beyond one's home or workplace can be both enjoyable and energizing. Public places such as parks, Main Streets, libraries and recreational areas offer a community's residents a place to go and a place to meet.

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    In a livable community, residents can spend time with folks they know and even make new friends. Activities and places to gather help people connect with one another and prevent loneliness.

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    Spend Time Outdoors

    You needn't be a fitness buff or nature enthusiast to benefit from some sunlight and fresh air. Parks, pathways, benches and green spaces encourage outdoor time. Having a porch, balcony, deck or yard at home is great, too.

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    Be Entertained

    While anyone with a TV or internet connection can be entertained, fun community activities such as street fairs, special events, concerts and shows help make a community desirable as both a destination and place to live.

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    Go Shopping

    It's possible now to shop online, by phone or by heading to a big box retail chain that sells a bit of everything. But communities without local shops and eateries tend to feel like faceless places or, worse, ghost towns.

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    Buy Healthy Food

    Believe it or not, the United States is home to many so-called food deserts, which are areas where grocery stores are rare or nonexistent and fast food dominates over fresh food. Livable places promote and enable smart eating habits.

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    Find the Services They Need

    When quality, regularly needed services (such as health care, education, even haircuts) can be found locally rather than miles or hours away, a community feels more like a home and a hometown rather than simply just a place to live.

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    Enjoy a Lifelong Home

    A livable community is a community that can be a home for people of all ages. Help "show and tell" what livable communities are by downloading and sharing a single-page graphic based on this slideshow. Here's how!

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The slideshow "In a Livable Community..." was published in February 2015

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