Walkability and Transit Mean Independence in Golden Years

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Transit-accessible Dupont CircleMost adults want to age in place; that is, grow older without the need to move from their home or community. As driving becomes a challenge, though, seniors can feel dependent upon others, or isolated and cut off from their friends or public services. Communities that have strong public transit systems and walkable amenities are increasingly attractive to seniors for the independence they instill. These places — like Washington D.C.’s Dupont Circle, shown above — are also associated with high housing costs, however, illuminating the pressing need in the U.S. for more transit, and more connected communities, as the Boomer generation ages.


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baltimoreThe Belvedere neighborhood in mid-town Baltimore is a delightful, walkable urban environment.

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The Dupont Circle Farmers Market in Spring. I love living in a dense, walkable neighborhood that can support events like this.

How to Think Like a Millennial

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[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]


If you were born after 1980, you’re a Millennial. But if you live in an urban area, you probably think like one, regardless of your age.

That is the takeaway from the fifth annual survey of Millennials from Zipcar. Released this month, Zipcar’s report confirms something many of us have expected for quite a while: that city dwellers across all generations have a Millennial mindset. This suggests, according to Zipcar, that where one lives is as important as age in determining attitudes and behaviors towards transportation.

Zipcar, the company credited with inventing “the sharing economy” before that term had even been coined, is in the business of hourly car rentals. The company primarily operates in dense urban locations where car ownership is expensive or inconvenient. Millennials are a large subset of Zipcar’s customers, explaining the company’s preoccupation with this age cohort.

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