Back to School September 2020

Reopening Schools: CDC Reduces Social Distancing Requirement

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now supports three-foot distancing in elementary school classrooms provided there is universal masking. For middle and high schools, it depends on the level of coronavirus transmission in the community.

March 29, 2021 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Planning Communities for Children and Families

Child in the City asks “If you could see the city from an elevation of 95 cm, what would you do differently?” It provides a toolbox of specific policies and planning practices for creating more child-friendly communities.

March 9, 2021 - Child in the City: Planning Communities for Children & their Families

Children Playing

Study Reveals the Insights of Children in the Planning Process

A recent study of preschoolers shows that small children are intuitive urban planners—if anyone ever listens.

January 11, 2021 - The Conversation

Sfotball Fields

No Place to Play During the Pandemic

Youth sports in America have been devastated by the coronavirus which prompted the shutdown of programs and facilities for play and practice.

October 28, 2020 - The New York Times

Coronavirus Pandemic

The Battle for Playgrounds

New York City parents are unhappy that fitness enthusiasts are turning to playgrounds for their workouts.

October 21, 2020 - New York Post


6 Ways to Ensure Equitable Cities for Children

A city that fosters the mental and physical health of children is safer for everyone. Six key planning and design considerations promote the well-being of the city's youngest residents.

September 14, 2020 - TheCityFix

Coronavirus and Public Health

Designing Play Streets for Social Distancing

What happens to Play Streets when playing together is a danger?

September 3, 2020 - Next City

Kids Biking

LeBron James Wants Kids to Bike

The NBA star says bikes have played an important role in his life, and he wants young people to have the same access and freedom that biking gave him.

March 2, 2020 - Outside

Bikes and Kids

Too Often, Children Are Forgotten by Transportation Planning

Kids need to go places just as adults do, and they have needs many adults don’t have.

August 12, 2019 - Saporta Report

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Kids and Urbanization

The question of whether there is space for children in rapidly changing cities was under investigation in two recent studies with somewhat contradictory findings.

August 5, 2019 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research: The Urban Edge

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.