Walkable Streets for Seniors at APA Chicago, Part 1

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A panel of experts presented on issues related to street design, safety, and seniors in the context of the Complete Streets movement.

Jordana Maisel of the IDEA Center of the University of Buffalo, shared her past & current research efforts.  While several organizations have created informative useful resources, Jordana observed the need for a focus on implementation.

Research revealed Keys to Success:

-policy adoption as part of a comprehensive plan

collaboration among agencies, departments, community groups

funding from a diverse array of sources:  municipal funds, grants, foundation funding, special taxes both from dedicated funding streams and tied into existing programs

-education and outreach for both staff and community members

-policies which incorporate clear language for implementation

-involving developers

More details from this informative session to come.