Families

December 5, 2012, 7am PST
According to Haya El Nasser, cities across America have succeeded in attracting young professionals for over a decade. “They came, they played, they stayed,” she writes. But, she asks, will these Millennials stick around as they age and have kids?
USA Today
November 22, 2012, 7am PST
Kaid Benfield takes a moment to reflect on the changing nature of the American household and how it will shape our cities in the coming years.
Switchboard
October 22, 2012, 8am PDT
Russian oligarchs and Brazilian expats may be its most prominent residents, but Miami does have a middle-class. But a new study shows they aren't exactly thriving. In fact, Miami is the toughest city in the nation to be a middle-class resident.
New Times Miami Blog
Blog post
September 24, 2012, 2pm PDT

A few months back, Toronto's Deputy Mayor started a political flap, stating on the floor of City Council that downtown was no place to raise kids! “Where’s little Ginny? Well, she’s downstairs playing in the traffic on her way to the park,” he exclaimed.

Flap, indeed. Urbanists and parents alike were quick to denounce the comment, including me. In a way though, we might thank the Deputy Mayor for saying candidly what unfortunately many politicians, and many parents, might still think.

I heard similar comments from a Calgary council member years ago while I was leading that city's Centre City Plan. We’re dreaming if we think families will move downtown, the Alderman told me.

Brent Toderian
September 10, 2012, 7am PDT
Certainly, says Brent Toderian. And with children "the indicator species of a great neighbourhood," he argues that cities should be designed with families in mind.
HuffPost British Columbia
July 17, 2012, 8am PDT
In remarks that have caused an uproar in North America's fifth largest city, Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday lodged his foot firmly in his mouth last week, telling city council and reporters that downtown Toronto is an unsuitable place to raise children.
Toronto Star
May 29, 2012, 7am PDT
Jonathan O’Connell looks at Washington's remarkable growth over the past decade, as the city has become a magnet for young professionals, and wonders if the city will be able to retain those residents as they become parents.
The Washington Post
March 16, 2012, 6am PDT
Mukta Naik, a consulting planner with Indian housing firm micro Home Solutions, discovers that grand plans for a 'slum-free India' missed the mark on one key point: the lives of slum dwellers.
The Global Urbanist
May 15, 2011, 5am PDT
Family makeup is changing in New York City, where unmarried partners are on the rise and households with children are on the decline.
The New York Times
January 7, 2011, 9am PST
The cities that often top the "most livable" lists like San Francisco, Portland, Boston and D.C. also happen to have the lowest percentage of households with children. Does that mean that kids make places un-livable?
Conservative Planner Blog
August 30, 2010, 8am PDT
Architect Roger K. Lewis writes in The Washington Post that it is nearly impossible for a family with school-age children to find a suitable apartment in the city, even if that is the way they'd prefer to live.
The Washington Post
July 8, 2010, 12pm PDT
<em>The New York Times</em> calculates the cost difference between living in a single family house versus an apartment in the New York area.
The New York Times
June 21, 2010, 10am PDT
18.6 million American households –renters and homeowners alike – spend more than half their income on housing, according to a new study by Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies.
City Limits
June 20, 2010, 11am PDT
The number of families in homeless shelters increased by 7% in 2009, according to a new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
USA Today
Blog post
July 7, 2009, 5pm PDT

A few weeks ago, I read an online comment suggesting that unnamed "planners" displayed no interest in suburbia, single-family housing or family life, and instead are only interested in improving downtown neighborhoods for single people. If by "planners" the author of this comment meant new urbanists or critics of the sprawl status quo, this claim is simply incorrect.

Over the past month, I have visited half a dozen new urbanist developments in Dallas and Denver (1). All of these developments have a few things in common: all include both retail and residential uses, and all strive for walkability by providing sidewalks and narrow, gridded streets. But the developments differ in two other respects: geography and housing type.

Michael Lewyn
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