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Many factors influence the livability of a community. As such, PPI’s work is cross-cutting in nature, covering the topics of land use, transportation, housing, and other topics under single title. Livable neighborhoods offer a variety of conveniences: access to jobs, healthy food, and services such as libraries and parks. Often a variety of destinations are within walking or biking distance, or are connected by bus routes or train lines.

AARP Land Use Principles

  • Create communities with a strong sense of place
  • Promote mixed-use development
  • Enhance access  
  • Prioritize investment in sustainability
  • Foster lifelong-learning opportunities

For detailed information on our policies around Livable Communities, please see our policy book.

Featured Publications

Communities Are Embracing Development Near Transit

This report, Communities Are Embracing Development Near Transit: A Snapshot of Transit-Oriented Development Support across the United States, details the ways state, regional, and local actors proactively foster TOD.

What Is Livable?

Community preferences of older adults

Livability Index

How livable is your community?

Land Use & Crosscutting Livable Communities Themes

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Supportive mixed-use and transit-oriented development policies, urban design guidelines, and revised zoning and building codes can improve the physical design of communities to better meet the housing, mobility and social needs of residents, including older adults.

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Susan's Blog

Senior Vice President Susan Reinhard blogs about recent reports and topics such as caregiving and nursing.