Comments Off on Public health professionals support complete streets
We’re big fans of complete streets, and the American Public Health Association agrees that policies that make streets safe and accessible for all users are necessary. Check out their two page fact sheet on complete streets for a good reminder of why we need these policies in White Flint. Here are some important statistics APHA highlights:
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- In 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were struck and killed by motor vehicles, accounting for 11.4% of all transportation-related fatalities.
Comments Off on Can White Flint retain its Baby Boomers?
With the kids gone, many Baby Boomers face one of two choices: age in place, or move downtown. Real estate analysts say which one they pick will have a big impact on the local housing market, but communities that can accommodate both choices can benefit either way.
Born between 1946 and 1964, Baby Boomers are the largest generation in American history after their kids, the Millennials.… Read More
Comments Off on Seniors and Safety in the Suburbs
A new study from the Journal of Planning and Education Research suggests that typical suburban neighborhood features may be related to an increased risk of serious injury or death for older adults (75 years or more in this case), both drivers and pedestrians. The abstract states “intersections, strip commercial establishments, big box stores, and arterial thoroughfares were associated with increases in crashes involving older motorists, while big box stores and arterials increased crashes for older pedestrians.”
However, the authors point out that this is not simply due to declines in driving ability associated with age, such as decreased visual acuity and slower reactions times.… Read More
Comments Off on All Ages Seeking Local Walkable Neighborhoods
I’ve written before about how mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods benefit all age groups, but now we’re seeing these trends exemplified closer to home. Last month, the Washington Examiner published a piece on how the principles of New Urbanism serve community members throughout the lifespan. Both young professionals and downsizing Boomers are seeking compact, centralized housing.… Read More