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Los Angeles, CA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Walk Audits

Description: In this project, volunteers will participate in three walk audits in Little Tokyo's commercial district. Participants will identify potential improvements to sidewalks and crosswalks. The audits will increase safety for older adults living nearby.

Berkley, MI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Walk Audits

Description: Walk audits in Berkley's downtown -- including one near age-restricted housing for older adults -- will identify possible walkability improvements. The organization will recruit older adult residents to take part.

New York City, NY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Walk Audits

Description: Walk audits through communities surrounding the Canal Street corridor will identify possible pedestrian safety improvements. The area has recorded 1,000 injuries over the course of a decade.

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Wichita, KS

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Access to high-speed internet

Description: Like many Americans living below the federal poverty level, many residents of Wichita had no easy way to access the internet. To solve this the City of Wichita launched the Wichita Hot Spot initiative. Older adults living in low-income areas can now check out a mobile connectivity device from a Neighborhood Resource Center and use it at home for up to two weeks. The hot spots -- small devices that provide a wireless internet connection -- are meant to be easy for older adults to activate, helping reduce social isolation and narrow the digital divide. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the hot spots continued to be popular, and the program's success led the City to request a Community Development Block Grant to purchase more devices.

Wichita, KS

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Engaging residents in vibrant public places

Description: The Wichita Public Library and Bike Walk Wichita launched three historical walking tours, which can be accessed through a smartphone app. It's all about inspiring curiosity in people about their hometown. According to Jeff Flor of the Downtown Development Corporation, Wichita has a lot of stories to tell, from the drugstore sit-in during the Civil Rights movement to the now-gone Victory Arch honoring World War I soldiers. To promote the app, library staff and volunteers participated in an open streets festival while wearing t-shirts with the message Ask me how to travel time.

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