Children

An August 19 article in the Washington Post took a tough stance on the value of families to urban settings. Here Bradley Calvert responds by describing how families provide opportunities for planners to rethink cities for the better. Exclusive
11 hours ago  By Bradley Calvert
With the Millennial boom in many urban centers, many cities are looking for ways to retain young families rather than losing them to the traditional suburban exodus. One columnist dares to ask: Do cities even need kids?
Aug 20, 2014   The Washington Post
The ideas generated by a global competition that asks children to design the "dream car of the future" are incredibly aspirational in their pragmatism.
Aug 2, 2014   Fast Co.Exist
In some ways, suburbia has clearly given its residents the benefits they hoped for: newer housing with more space, cheaper housing than in the most fashionable city neighborhoods, and "better" (that is, more racially and economically segregated) schools. Opinion
Feb 13, 2014   By Michael Lewyn
One response to urban gentrification are the claim that even prosperous cities are childless cities, able to retain twenty-somethings but not to retain families.  A recent Opinion
Dec 11, 2013   By Michael Lewyn
Tanya Snyder, Streetsblog's Capitol Hill editor and mother of 21-month-old daughter Luna, writes about a conversation she had with Dr. Phyllis Agran, consultant to American Academy of Pediatrics, about the risks she has exposed Luna to when biking.
Oct 17, 2013   Streetsblog Capitol Hill
Tanya Snyder wades into the ongoing discussion over whether America's urban revival can be sustained, a question that essentially hinges on whether cities are creating an attractive alternative to the suburbs for raising children.
Aug 14, 2013   DC.Streetsblog
Sarah Goodyear examines the connection between the way we design our streets and the reluctance of parents to let their children play outdoors.
Aug 9, 2013   The Atlantic Cities
With their flexible open spaces, right angles, and expanses of glass, mid-century modern houses are coveted by those homeowners with a keen design sense. And, as Projectophile illustrates, it's best if those homeowners don't have children.
Apr 26, 2013   Projectophile
According to Mark Funkhouser, former mayor of Kansas City, there may be no better measure of a city's livability than whether parents want to raise children there. He explains why everyone benefits when sidewalks are filled with baby strollers.
Apr 26, 2013   Governing
Chronic coughs, stuffy noses, and face masks whenever you venture outside. Edward Wong looks at the "hell" that is childhood in China's polluted cities, which is forcing some affluent families to leave, and giving foreigners pause before entering.
Apr 23, 2013   The New York Times