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Showing posts from September, 2012

Tales from a Condominium Association: Caps on renters and the dynamics of decision-making

As some of you know, aside from my day job developing policy and research, I am also a president of a homeowners association - specifically a multi-building condominium association.  I've been on the board for years, and I enjoy the fact that it keeps me honest - although I am looking at the wide national policy lens in the daytime, I have to face the day-to-day realities of the smallest local government in the evenings.  While I am the lead author of AARP's policy on housing issues and I am responsible for the policy direction of the American Planning Association's Planning and the Black Community Division, I am also heading up a homeowners association in an area that's been hit hard by the Great Recession.  That means that I need to think at the 30,000 foot level, but I have to keep a foot on the ground at the same time. The latest example of this was Monday night (thanks to my TiVo, I didn't have to miss the call heard 'round the world by the replacement re

Upcoming Webinar on Friday, September 28!

Mark your calendars! My AARP Colleague Jana Lynott and I will be giving a webinar titled "Housing and Transportation for the Boomers and Beyond" for the American Planning Association's webinar series - This Friday, September 28 at 1pm ET. Anyone can sign up, and it's free! To register, go to: For more on APA's webinar series, go to Tell a friend, and I'll see you there!

Policy Development time

Hello everyone.  I'd like to hear your thoughts about any new or revised policies that you think that AARP should have in the area of Livable Communities - including the areas of Land Use, Housing and Transportation.   AARP's livable communities policies are intended to create communities that are safe and secure, provide affordable, appropriate housing; adequate transportation, and supportive community features and services. Once in place, these resources enhance personal independence, allow residents to age in place, and foster residents’ engagement in the community’s civic, economic, and social life. The new AARP Public Policy Institute Livable Communities Website  has all of the current policies, and the entire AARP Policy Book , is available online as well. Please post any thoughts in a comment.  Thanks!

Special Sneak Preview! AARP PPI Livable Communities site

Thanks for being a follower of DrUrbanPolicy! August was a slow month for posts, in part because my AARP team has been working on a newly redesigned website for AARP's Livable Communities policies and research. For being loyal readers of DrUrbanPolicy, I am offering you a sneak preview of the newly relaunched AARP Public Policy Institute Livable Communities Homepage - it is just finished and now on the web! Go to for policies, research and resources that can help policymakers and advocates to create communities that work for people of all ages, incomes, and physical abilities, with a special focus on improving the ability of older adults to age in place. The official announcement comes later this week, but feel free to check it out today and let me know what you think.  Read below for a description of the new site.