Denver 9/27 Rodney Harrell


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Presentation from Partners in Innovation Policy Forum in Denver, CO on September 27, 2010.

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Denver 9/27 Rodney Harrell

  1. 1. Title text here Rodney Harrell, PhD Senior Strategic Policy Advisor AARP Public Policy Institute
  2. 2. U.S. population is growing … and growing older 65+ Share of Total Year 65+ Population Total Population Population 2000 34,991,753 281,421,906 12% 2010 40,229,000 310,233,000 13% 2030 72,092,000 373,504,000 19% 2050 88,547,000 439,010,000 20% Source: U.S Census Bureau - Census projections as of 8/2008
  3. 3. Livable Communities Mobility: Americans 50+ are able to sustain mobility as they age Photo by Jana Lynott Housing: Americans 50+ have appropriate and affordable housing options Photo by Jana Lynott
  4. 4. PPI Report: “Preserving Affordability and Access in Livable Communities: Subsidized Housing Opportunities near Transit and the 50+ Population” Authors: Rodney Harrell, PhD AARP Public Policy Institute Allison Brooks Reconnecting America Todd Nedwick National Housing Trust  AARP, Reconnecting America, and the National Housing Trust developed a study, research paper and Solutions Forum that looked at housing, transportation, and land use.  This study looked at the differences between housing near transit and housing far from transit, the location of subsidized housing in 20 cities, and how housing location mattered to older persons who lived in those apartments. PPI Report #2009-15
  5. 5. Miami, FL  Properties were gated – increased safety, but at a cost  Bus service reduced to save costs  Poor bus shelters  Heavy Use of STS (Paratransit)  “Alternative” amenities and services created
  6. 6. © Google 2010 © Google 2010 Las Palmas, Miami
  7. 7. Cleveland, OH  Long waiting lists for housing  Safety and perception of safety were issues  Lack of access to train station limits the use by residents  Good bus service on main avenues, problems getting elsewhere
  8. 8. © Google 2010
  9. 9. 2 1 1 3 © Google 2010 © Google 2010 3 2 © Google 2010 © Google 2010
  10. 10. Twin Cities, MN  The downtown location in Minneapolis has access to light rail, buses, shopping  Buses in Edina not “frequent” but are useful  Car access not as important as in other areas due to effective, useful transit
  11. 11. © Google 2010 © Google 2010 © Google 2010 Nicollet Towers, Minneapolis
  12. 12. Who Benefits the Most from Housing Near Transit? Minimal Benefit Full Benefit High Amount of Limitations Low Amount of Limitations Individual: Individual: Significant physical limitations that prevent Open to the idea of transit, without boarding or waiting for transit. unaddressed cognitive or physical impairments, and able to read and understand signage. Those who do not understand the transit system. Community (External): Community (External): Living in poorly planned or economically struggling Living in well-planned, safe, healthy communities and communities with little shopping or services nearby. in walkable neighborhoods with resources nearby. Poor transit service, including bus drivers who won’t Frequent, accessible, reliable transit service that stop, poor route planning, unreliable service, connects to most other places that one would want to inaccessible stops/stations, high crime levels. travel to.
  13. 13. Policy Implications • The preservation of existing (and Housing creation of new) affordable housing, particularly in advantageous locations • Greater integration of transportation Integration and land use in policy, planning and implementation efforts • Improvements and greater investment Transportation in transit
  14. 14. Toolkit for Older Adults
  15. 15. AARP Public Policy Institute  Informs and stimulates public debate on the issues we face as we age.  Provides objective research and analysis  Promotes the development of sound, creative policies to address our common need for economic security, health care, and quality of life. For publications, send requests to: