21 January 2021

AARP Offers Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods

"Why are so few cities, towns and neighborhoods in the United States walkable? Why is it so difficult to find vibrant communities where people of all ages, incomes and backgrounds can live, work, shop and play? 

"The answer, in many locations, is that zoning codes and land use ordinances have made the creation of such places illegal. In some communities, the lack of walkability, opportunity and livability stems from zoning and development decisions that intentionally separated people by race, faith, ethnicity or income."

AARP (which used to be called the American Association of Retired Persons) is offering Enabling Better Places: A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods, a free publication designed to provide an introduction to how a town, city or county can adapt its zoning code and, in doing so, become a more livable community for people of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds.

To access a copy of this publication, please visit:

AARP: A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods

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