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by Rodney Harrell, Jana Lynott, Shannon Guzman, , AARP Livable Communities, April, 2014
The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) is planning a set of livability reports and is developing an AARP-sponsored index to measure community livability across the United States. Lessons learned from that project have initially inspired the creation of two companion reports, “What Is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults (hyperlink to article page for this report)” and “Is This a Good Place to Live? Measuring Community Quality of Life for All Ages.”
What is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults
This report explores the meaning of livability and describes lessons learned by PPI as part of its work to measure community livability. The goal of this work is to quantify the degree to which a community has the elements that are necessary to meet individual needs regardless of a person’s age, income, physical ability, ethnicity, and other factors.
Previous work on measuring livability offered several lessons for designing the AARP index. That index will accomplish the following:
Several of our research findings provide lessons for development of a livability index:
From these findings, several implications evolve for an index that aims to measure livability. An index must achieve the following:
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