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Charleston: Call Us Age Friendly

AARP West Virginia Associate State Director Linda Bunn (center) receives a Charleston City Council Age Friendly Communities proclamation from council members Mary Beth Hoover (left) and Mary Jean Davis.

Locals know Charleston as a place with small-town charm and capital-city attractions such as a symphony orchestra and museums.

Now, community leaders are taking steps to make Charleston part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which, in turn, is part of a World Health Organization effort to help cities prepare for urbanization and rapid aging of the population.

The network helps participating communities become great places to live at any age by adopting features such as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.

Charleston is focusing first on transportation, with construction of long-awaited bicycle lanes along a stretch of Kanawha Boulevard.

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