Plus: The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit
September 29, 2021
Livable Communities Newsletter
Publications & Resources
The Parks and Public Spaces Collection
In 2018, AARP published
Creating Parks and Public Spaces for People of All Ages
, a free guide in partnership with 8 80 Cities and The Trust for Public Land. Two new titles by 8 80 Cities (pictured below) build on that publication by addressing additional issues that are common to many communities.
Winter is coming — and 8 80 Cities (which is based in Canada) knows that needn’t require a retreat indoors. The
Winter Placemaking Guide
provides solutions for how cold-weather places can make their outdoor public spaces welcoming and useful, regardless of how low the temperature falls.
Communities worldwide face a shortage of affordable housing.
Addressing Homelessness in Parks: An Inclusive Practices Guide
equips local leaders and advocates with the information they need to adopt compassionate, respectful and dignified responses to the use of public parks by unhoused people.
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Livability News & Notes
Playgrounds for People of All Ages
— Opening schoolyards to the public could be game-changing for communities lacking in green space.
The Trust for Public Land
Houses of Worship as Housing
— Religious institutions own billions of dollars worth of empty, deteriorating or underused real estate. Some local governments are working to convert the places of prayer into needed homes for people.
Sprucing Up City Streets
— Love Your Block is a grant program that brings city leaders and residents together to build stronger neighborhoods, one block at a time. Eight cities are receiving a $100,000 grant to fight blight.
Cities of Service
MORE ABOUT PUBLIC SPACES
The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit
, a free, “recipe-filled” publication from AARP and the urban designers of Team Better Block.
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