Partners for Livable Communities

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What is Livability?

Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life—including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity, and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.

Community Report Card

As part of the City Leaders Institute, Partners developed a Community Report Card to help civic leaders and citizens think about their community’s strengths and weaknesses in Aging in Place. The report card assesses 11 components and grades the community on how well it is doing in each component of agelessness.

  • Community Design and Planning
  • Arts, Culture and Lifelong Learning
  • Housing
  • Workforce Development
  • Transportation and Mobility
  • Local Leadership
  • Health and Wellness
  • Civic Engagement and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Sustainability
  • Public Safety and Services
  • Equity of Opportunity

Complete Streets in Eastern Washington

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Nearly 40 city planners, engineers, leaders and interested citizens attended our free Complete Streets training on June 28.

Ben Franklin Transit hosted us in their headquarters, Castle Catering delivered a scrumptious healthy lunch, and much relevant information was shared by all. These community partners joined forces to make the training happen:

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Check out the training presentations on the Benton Franklin Council of Governments site:

COMPLETE STREETS

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What are “Complete Streets”?

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. People of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across streets in a community, regardless of how they are traveling. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.

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Other Models: Denver, Utah

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Sustainable communities demonstrate long-term, proactive, thoughtful and integrated planning and development. They embrace the values of equity and resilience as assets for the economic and social wellbeing of the entire community. They work to ensure that all members of their communities have access to economic, housing, education, transit, health and other opportunities. Sustainable communities by design have a greater capacity to prosper in changing and uncertain times, as well as withstanding economic, natural and other challenges.

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Envision Utah engages people to create and sustain communities that are beautiful, prosperous, healthy and neighborly for current and future residents.