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Schenectady, NY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project enlivened an empty lot downtown with murals, ADA-compliant benches, lighting and tables featuring game boards.

Bronx, NY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: The project will convert an underutilized lot into a farmers market with cooking demonstrations and essential services for older adults.

Buffalo, NY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: Preservation Buffalo Niagara wanted to improve the pedestrian experience in Buffalo's Grant Street commercial corridor, which has suffered from disinvestment. With the goal of beautifying the neighborhood, the organization installed trash receptacles on light poles and hung string lights in front of local businesses. The community has a proud history of diversity, including 20 years of welcoming resettled refugees. To celebrate the community's diversity, PBC installed multilingual wayfinding sign and distributed flags representing business owners' countries of origin. To ensure upkeep, they also provided tools to help volunteers maintain the sidewalks and support a community gardener.

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Lake Placid, NY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Inclusive civic engagement efforts

Description: This project created a website for an ongoing series of local stories about social justice and activism. Additionally, John Brown Lives! created a story booth, which it installed at the John Brown Farm Historic Site. The booth allows visitors to record their stories, which the nonprofit can then share with the community.

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