Wednesday, January 20, 2021
AARP has released a new, free handbook, A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods. The focus here is on land use and zoning regulations, many of which are not conducive to aging in place. "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." It discusses "options for communities to consider as they identify and select small-scale, incremental policy changes that can be made without overhauling entire zoning codes and land use policies." I'm going to use it in my class, having students examine zoning and land use ordinances in their cities and how they would rewrite them to make their cities more conducive to aging in place. Thanks to my colleague, friend and expert in new urbanism, Professor Mark Bauer, for sending me this.