ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – Philadelphia and Surrounding Communities

Philadelphia City Council Hosts Hearing on AARP-Endorsed Bill Improving Pedestrian Safety

Back in April, AARP Pennsylvania was pleased to join Philadelphia City Council member Helen Gym for a public hearing on City Bill 161108 that would improve access to the city’s sidewalks and protected walkways–particularly when normal access is disrupted due to construction activity.

During the hearing, AARP volunteers testified that a more walkable community allows Philadelphians of all ages to safely access services they need to live independently in their homes and communities. To help pedestrians navigate the sidewalks of the City more safely, AARP supports development of site plans and redevelopment work that enhance pedestrian access.

AARP Pennsylvania and its 175,000 Philadelphia members strongly support City Bill 161108 and encourage City Council to approve the bill.

Odunde Festival

AARP is committed to celebrating the mosaic of cultures in Philadelphia. That includes our presence at the city’s ODUNDE festival in June—the nation’s largest African-American street festival which covered 12-city blocks and attracted 500,000 attendees.

The AARP presence included an African pottery session where guests learned about African artistic culture and created their own keepsake for the evening. While guests were discovering their artistic side, AARP staff discussed local volunteer opportunities and the wide range of legislative and community outreach work currently underway in the city.

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