— Community projects in Seattle, Olympia, and Renton are recognized for their efforts to create more livable communities in AARP’s “Where We Live: Communities for All Ages” 3rd edition.  Our Washington communities are among more than 100 articles that feature the many ways communities across the nation are becoming great places to live for people of all ages. The free book series highlights inspiring ideas and solutions from America’s local leaders to improve their communities, respond to pressing issues, and build partnerships. …

— By Laura Mecoy Michael Achkar thought he had the perfect solution when he built a small house for his father in the backyard of his Capitola home. Then Achkar encountered one of the many challenges Californians face as the state seeks to expand housing: Connecting the separate unit to a water supply would cost more than $24,000 for fees and the installation of a new meter—requirements of his local water district, which has serious supply issues. Because of the high …

— AARP New Hampshire announces its winner for the first-ever AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community level.  The winner in New Hampshire is the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition in Conway.  Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “Great communities require careful planning and time, but quick action projects such as the one in Conway can …