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Redesigning Communities: It won’t be just for hipsters.

February 22, 2013

Unless they’re over 65.

Here’s Gordon Harris’s take from BC Business:

The good news is that redesigning communities to accommodate aging residents will improve livability for everyone. In reality it doesn’t matter if you are pushing a walker or a stroller: when you get to a staircase you’re just as stuck.

Designing for an aging population is all about removing barriers and reducing friction. Are doors hard to open? Are grades too steep? Are the paths or pavements too rough for wheelchairs (or too treacherous for toddlers)? Is there a store nearby—or even a bus stop? If you live in a typical suburb—the 1950s image of convenience for those who are old enough, or still young enough, to drive a car—you might get all the wrong answers. …

The key is to think about the future—to build homes and neighbourhoods that will continue to work, even when we’ve stopped.

Complete article here.

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