At a previous meeting of the Healthy Aging Collaborative’s Advisory Council, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) presented background on the Greater Boston region’s long-range plan, called MetroCommon 2050. MAPC then ran a special listening session and small group discussion to gather feedback from healthy aging stakeholders on the plan.
Now, MAPC is accepting applications for the MetroCommon 2050 Outreach Mini-Grant Program and will be awarding the mini-grants on a rolling basis until December 2020 for outreach projects to be completed between now and Spring 2021. Continue reading
Using Cities of Service’s citizen engagement model and experience helping mayors work with residents to solve problems, as well as AARP’s age-friendly-communities model and experience working with communities and volunteers, this free booklet offers examples of effective strategies, initiatives and programs employed by mayors in towns and cities throughout the United States. Continue reading
Armed with reports like the Housing Assistance Council’s “Housing an Aging Rural America: Rural Seniors and Their Homes,”as well as a collaboration with the LOR Foundation, AARP published an extensive article on resources and examples of healthy aging and Age-Friendly Communities in rural areas. Continue reading
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, elected officials, and local leaders in Quincy to announce awards totaling nearly $3 million to eleven communities through the Complete Streets Funding Program.
These awards will be used to fund local, multimodal infrastructure projects that improve accessibility for bicyclists, pedestrians, public transit users, and people using other forms of transportation. In doing so, the Complete Streets program helps communities become more Age-Friendly (Complete Streets are highlighted in the AARP “Roadmap to Livability” Resource on Transportation). Continue reading
The 2019 Dangerous by Design report ranks states and metropolitan areas throughout the United States according to how dangerous the roadways are for pedestrians.
Published by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition, with support from AARP, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the consulting firm of Nelson\Nygaard, the report’s Pedestrian Danger Index measures how dangerous it is for people to walk based on the number of people struck and killed by drivers while walking. Continue reading
In the final installment of AARP’s “Roadmap to Livability” workbook series, the focus is on helping communities thrive through economic development. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that the Draft Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan is now available for public comment. Members of the public may review the plan and provide feedback online here. Comments are due by January 31st. Continue reading
The Healthy Aging Collaborative previously shared an opportunity from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to provide technical assistance that enables and assists municipalities in implementing projects that are beneficial to the community.
MAPC will issue a new Call for Project Concepts in the next two weeks. Keep an eye on this webpage and MAPC’s social media accounts to learn more. Municipalities may submit concepts for individual community-specific projects and for multi-community projects. Continue reading
8-80 Cities is accepting proposals for Wintermission project partners in three U.S. cities. The organization will support these partners to become national leaders in winter city planning, design, and programming. These cities will become Winter City Vanguards, and work with 8-80 Cities and other partners to:
1. Lead a city-wide conversation about public life and social isolation in winter
2. Implement winter city pilot projects
3. Develop a unique winter city strategy Continue reading