The Imagining Livability Design Collection: A Visual Portfolio of Tools and Transformations

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Published by AARP Livable Communities and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WLCI) in 2015, The Imagining Livability Design Collection describes some of the most common tools and treatments for creating age-friendly environments. The report includes a “before” image of a place that needs improvements to make it more walkable, bike friendly and livable. From there, a vision is developed for how the location could look. The transformation photovisions help community members and local leaders imagine what’s possible, develop a shared vision for the future and act upon that vision. Short-term, mid-range and long-range projects are addressed, as well as planning and policy tools like Complete Streets, Form-Based Codes, Health Impact Assessments and Placemaking. Transformations featured include Rural and Local Roads, Small-Town Main Streets, Suburban Streets and Commercial Strips, Urban Streets and Downtowns and Back Streets and Underused Spaces.