As walkability continues to grown in popularity, it is also becoming a desire for retirees as they look for locations where they wish to retire. New York Times staffer John F. Wasik takes a look at the shift of retirees from isolated gated sub-divisions or large home on golf courses to walkable urban communities.

The benefits of these walkable communities include better and social engagements. While they reduce some of the disabilities that people face when they get older, building them comes with their own set of difficulties:

Age-friendly communities within cities may require extensive infrastructure improvements, including wider sidewalks, bike lanes, more public transportation options and longer pedestrian signal walk times. Local officials may not want to rezone or invest in the improvements or even permit them.

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