Designing Communities for the Elderly

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From Wannanetwork, a Real Estate blog:

I too walk to the same grocery store as my elderly neighbor and I too have been subject to waiting and waiting and waiting while at the same crosswalk. Once, when standing next to her, I mentioned how annoying it was having to dodge traffic just to get a loaf of bread.

“I wish they’d bring back the streetcars,” was what she told me, herself obviously annoyed too at what used to be a very walkable neighborhood. Luckily, more and more cities are looking into bringing streetcars back, including Cincinnati.

And I hope it happens.

Read the rest here.


2 thoughts on “Designing Communities for the Elderly

    Quimbob said:
    February 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Aging empty nest boomers living downtown with access to downtown entertainment & medical stuff in Clifton without needing a car? Hopping on trains to get to Clevo, Dayton & Chicago?
    Is this at all marketable?

    Nathan said:
    February 6, 2010 at 11:05 am

    This brings up 2 excellent points:

    1. Streetcars (and other public transit) provide something incredibly important for the oldest (and youngest) in our society: INDEPENDENCE. (as well as helping out those in between that otherwise might have to chaffeur them about). The benefit — neigh, the need — for the elderly to maintain their independence, and for children to discover it, cannot be overestimated.

    2. Streetcars need to be built in the context of a broader and more comprehensive move to more walkable and livable communities. Streetcars are but one possible element in creating pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods.

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