July 20, 2011, 8am PDT
The amount of children under five has jumped in downtown Minneapolis, which is posing problems for the city and its school system.
Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune
July 12, 2011, 6am PDT
New playground designs are shaking up public parks around the world. So long, slides, hello interpretive playscapes.
June 5, 2011, 7am PDT
Decreasing fertility rates of non-Hispanic whites and black women, plus the tendency of families with children to cluster, have caused declines in the '18 and under' population share in 95% of U.S. counties.
February 2, 2011, 12pm PST
While some cities have focused planning efforts on making their public spaces more accessible for the elderly, some argue that the age group they should be focusing on is kids.
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
December 28, 2010, 6am PST
Cities are commonly thought of as dangerous places for kids to grow up. But a new study challenges that perception.
November 12, 2010, 11am PST
I've gathered some of the best here, properly field tested by my boys, to help you with your holiday shopping list.
April 29, 2010, 6am PDT
Kids make up a big part of city populations. But often the built environment doesn't reflect a world planned with children in mind. This post from <em>Polis</em> looks at an effort to put children's needs back in the minds of planners.
January 21, 2010, 5am PST
Urban convenience stores are being further linked to childhood obesity after the release of a new study from Temple University.
December 3, 2009, 9am PST
A new affordable housing development going up in Portland's dense Pearl District will include a public school on the ground floor.
Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon
October 4, 2009, 7am PDT
A 15-year-old ban on biking and walking to school in Saratoga Springs, New York may be lifted, after one bike-friendly parent challenged the policy.
September 16, 2009, 5am PDT
A new picture book introduces the architecture and urban ideas of Le Corbusier to children.
August 27, 2009, 6am PDT
Unstructured play is a mainstay of childhood. But dense urban areas offer fewer opportunities for free-form playtime, writes Alex Marshall. Kids have to take what they can get, and often it's not much more than an empty parking lot.
Regional Plan Association
March 27, 2009, 12pm PDT
This piece from the New York Times looks at a program in Italy the encourages children to walk to school.
January 22, 2009, 2pm PST
It is a chestnut of urban planning that a neighborhood must have a certain number of dwelling units per acre (usually around 8 or 10) in order to have adequate bus service. But the quarter-acre lot seems to get no respect: too dense for estate-home luxury, not dense enough to constitute "smart growth". But a 9 year-old girl recently taught me that, at least for children of a certain age, these medium-density neighborhoods have their advantages.
September 25, 2008, 2pm PDT
Urban areas are filled with cars, and this creates an unsafe environment for children. This commentary argues that officials need to regain their faith in the power of planning to address the issue.
July 11, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A Houston bedroom community decides against allowing childcare centers to mix with other businesses in strip centers.</p>