“Philadelphia has a growing 50 and older population. It is essential for our Administration to utilize innovative approaches to assist older Philadelphians navigate daily obstacles.” — Philadelphia, PA: Mayor Michael Nutter commends the AARP’s Walkability Study, surveying the city for challenges facing older pedestrians, aiming to make the city more walkable for all residents. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has commissioned a study to eliminate specialized crossings in the city’s busiest pedestrian areas, because of minor impacts on vehicle drivers.
The groups that will benefit from this funding are what make Lower Manhattan a dynamic 24/7 neighborhood, not just a place to live or work. — New York, NY: Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces $17 million in new funding for non-profit social service agencies. These organizations provide a wide range of programs and services for youth, seniors, health care, education, recreation and culture, all services that Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford wants to eliminate to balance lost revenue from his ill-advised tax cuts.