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Lansing, MI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Reconnecting Communities

Description: This project will foster local advocacy for small, neighborhood-based transportation improvements, part of efforts to heal a community bisected by highway construction in the 1960s. Older residents will help plan, design and implement infrastructure projects that are eligible for federal funding.

Atlanta, GA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Reconnecting Communities

Description: This oral history project will engage students to interview residents who were displaced when Interstate 20 was built. Additionally, the multimedia initiative will create a map of homes demolished during construction and provide content for a podcast and public performance.

Denver, CO

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Reconnecting Communities

Description: This project will bring together residents to share the history of how local highways have divided their neighborhood. Participants will then discuss how removing this barrier could reconnect the community.

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St. Paul, MN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Roadway/sidewalks/crosswalk improvement

Description: The city government in St. Paul hoped to enhance walkability through safety improvements at two unmarked pedestrian crossings along Marion Street. To accomplish that, the city created two long-term temporary crosswalks at Ravoux and Fuller Streets. The work included adding pedestrian crosswalk signs, painting high-visibility block-pattern crosswalk markings and installing pedestrian refuge islands and bump-outs. The city also restricted parking near the intersections and installed a temporary radar speed sign along the corridor. The project enabled local government agencies and civic organizations to gather data needed to support permanent crosswalks upgrades in the area. Using the results, the city began its re-envisioning Marion Street as a pedestrian-friendly, multi-modal corridor in 2021.

St. Paul, MN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project installed a garden with native and pollinator-friendly plants at a local elementary school. Residents -- including a neighborhood Boy Scout troop -- pitched in to prepare the site and plant foliage. Community members have continued to tend to the garden since its installation. Spurred by the success of the garden, school staff area considering planting more native gardens in the future -- including rain gardens to absorb stormwater runoff.

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