Bethel, Vermont

In Fall of 2016, AARP Vermont and Team Better Block chose Bethel to demonstrate potential changes to its downtown corridor to help make it more livable for current and future residents.

Read the latest case study update about what has happened since the Bethel Better Block project.  

What is Livable Rural?

It’s the fact that a rural community can have the same benefits of being a great place to live for people of all ages as any city.   It can provide safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life.

How can rural communities use Better Block?

It may be believed that since a rural town has fewer people and resources, it is in some way inferior to a city.  This cannot be further from the truth.  Rural communities can be scrappy, problem-solvers with many skills to draw from in order to accomplish a goal.  The Better Block process enables these rural leaders to draw from their experiences to demonstrate potential changes to the built environment for future planning.