Family-Friendly

January 27, 2016, 1pm PST
It's been said that children are the indicator species of urban health and great neighborhoods. By this measure, Oakland is in trouble.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
November 18, 2015, 8am PST
Governing magazine digs into the data about which cities American families are more likely to call home.
Governing
May 16, 2015, 1pm PDT
With their reputation for decent schools, lower crime, and affordable housing, suburbs can be an attractive prospect for young families. Can cities retain that demographic? Should they?
The Washington Post
April 14, 2015, 8am PDT
What helps make a downtown family friendly? Safe places to play, safe streets, good schools and attainable housing, writes Jennifer Hill.
Community Builders
January 7, 2015, 1pm PST
Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner and executive director for the city of Toronto, shares tips for how to create safe, fun environments for children.
Active for Life
September 20, 2014, 9am PDT
Los Angeles' Pershing Square, a five-acre park initially opened in 1866, will undergo major transformations to accommodate the increase of families with children living in Downtown Los Angeles.
LA Downtown News
September 15, 2014, 10am PDT
Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic Inga Saffron is the latest to respond to an article in the Washington Post asking whether family-friendly cities make economic sense.
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 14, 2014, 11am PDT
West Hollywood, California Mayor John D'Amico is leading calls to add more dog-friendly amenities to designs for Phase 2 of the city's civic park.
Los Angeles Times
Feature
September 2, 2014, 9am PDT
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.
Bradley Calvert
July 9, 2014, 9am PDT
Jillian Glover writes of her new perspective on what makes a city welcoming and safe for young families—the newest perspective, in fact. She's a new mother.
Sustainable Cities Collective
May 5, 2014, 1pm PDT
Data in Virginia shows that more young families are choosing to stay in urban areas to raise their children. This is causing a rapid increase in school enrollment and fueling the fastest growth Virginia's urban areas have experienced since the 1950s.
University of Virginia Center for Public Service
Feature
April 7, 2014, 5am PDT
Why housing should take priority in the effort to attract families back to the city (and welcome them to stay awhile).
Bradley Calvert
September 12, 2013, 6am PDT
Joel Kotkin's muddle-headed theory on babies and urban living is aimed at blocking housing choice for young families, argues Robert Steuteville.
Better! Cities & Towns
August 14, 2013, 11am PDT
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.
DC.Streetsblog
April 26, 2013, 6am PDT
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.
Governing