The nation is experiencing a fundamental population shift. An anticipated one in five Americans will be over the age of 65 by the year 2050. Downtowns can take advantage of this shift by re-envisioning the downtown to attract seniors as visitors, shoppers, and also as in-town residents.
Downtowns already have many of the key elements in place to attract seniors: compactness, essential services, and opportunities for personal contact.
But in many city centers, there is still work to be done. Downtowns Welcome Seniors looks at cities that are making strides in attracting senior residents. In particular it considers two key areas: Improvements to downtown walkability, and the adaptive reuse of older buildings for modern senior living. Both steps serve to enhance the downtown overall while welcoming seniors.