PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Jim Kenney and community organizations today provided a long-term vision to improve housing, transportation, and green spaces throughout the city for residents of all ages. The effort is supported by the AARP Pennsylvania Livable Communities Network, comprised of a diverse group of activists, community organizations, and City departments. Philadelphia has been designated an age-friendly, livable community for meeting the criteria established by AARP.
“I thank AARP Pennsylvania for partnering with our Administration on this effort,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Over the years, they have helped us with research and with developing consensus among a diverse group of community activists and residents. Our vision to make Philadelphia an age-friendly, livable community is being realized, and I’m confident we can implement changes to make Philadelphia a place where people spend their entire lives and feel welcomed, connected, valued, and engaged.”
The City, in collaboration with the AARP Pennsylvania Livable Communities Network, released a report that focuses on the changing landscape and needs in housing, transportation, and outdoor spaces and buildings. Titled Philadelphia: An Age-Friendly, Livable City for All, the report includes recommendations for tangible, community-wide improvements to enhance the well-being of city residents.
“We thank Mayor Kenney for rethinking how communities support people of all ages and abilities as they seek to live healthy, productive, and civically engaged lives,” said Bill Johnston-Walsh, AARP Pennsylvania State Director. “Our neighborhoods are where we care for our families, launch new businesses, and plan for the future. It is clear, now more than ever, that our communities must provide the space, services, and opportunities that people of all ages need to thrive.”
The report will guide the Administration as it seeks improvements to affordable housing; safe, affordable, and accessible transportation; and outdoor spaces and buildings.