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City To Survey Residents On Livability Issues For Seniors

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Lexington officials have a question for senior citizens: What can be done to make Lexington more livable?

Mayor Jim Gray announced plans Wednesday to survey the community.

Though the Livable Lexington project – spearheaded by the city’s Senior Services Commission – is focused primarily on the aging population, the aim of the survey is to gather input from a wide array of citizens. Because, as Mary Crowley-Schmidt with the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living puts it, "what's good for a stroller is also good for a wheelchair."

She says many initiatives can often work in concert, benefitting trans-generational groups within the community. And livability is bound to become a bigger question as baby boomers age and population is expected to get a lot grayer in the coming decades.

"Every day pretty soon is going to look like senior shopping day at Kroger. It truly is, so we need to think about that going forward," she says. "But every improvement we make for seniors benefits everybody."

To that end, the survey, which will zero in on transportation, housing, social participation, among other areas, is open to everyone and the results will contribute to city planning efforts on the new senior center and other projects.

You can take the survey here.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.