AARP working to improve walkability

A street that’s made safer for an older adult to cross is also safer for a child walking to school, a parent pushing a stroller, a bicyclist, a jogger, a commuter, a shopper. In other words, a walkable community benefits everyone. That’s one reason AARP Livable Communities is working both nationally and locally to help towns, cities and neighborhoods become more livable and walkable for people of all ages. Among the other reasons? According to AARP research, nearly eight out of 10 people over the …

Building a Cross-Sector Coalition

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco recently published a study to shine a light on the inner workings of a collaborative partnership that works on behalf of low-income communities, illustrating both the challenges and the lessons learned from such efforts. “Building a Cross-Sector Coalition: Sustainable Communities for All and CA’s Cap-and-Trade Program” by Laura Choi reveals insights from a new cross-sector coalition called Sustainable Communities for All that successfully championed a joint platform that prioritized social equity and proposed allocating a significant percentage of …

Evaluating Complete Streets Projects

This new publication from AARP and the National Complete Streets Coalition provides excellent measures and metrics for Complete Streets. Phoenix’s efforts to measure walking trips get a special mention in the guide.

Arizona Town Hall releases recommendations on transportation

The most recent Arizona Town Hall, held April 19-22, 2015, discussed transportation issues and the report from the Town Hall was just released. Town Hall participants actively engaged in panel discussions about many facets of transportation in Arizona including infrastructure, development, location, new technology, financing, public versus private modes, and the relationship between transportation and Arizona’s economy. The excellent background report that was prepared for the Town Hall is also worth a read. It’s a great primer on Arizona’s transportation policies and infrastructure.