Map Kid

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

Houston Townhouse

Op-Ed: Zoning Shouldn't Discriminate Based on the Definition of 'Family'

By designating that "family" refer to a specific set of ties, many zoning codes make it difficult for "functional" families without those ties to find a place to live.

July 10, 2019 - CityLab


Where the Children Are

Richard Florida counters the idea that children and families are disappearing from U.S. cities.

February 5, 2019 - CityLab

Philadelphia Rowhouses

Philadelphia Rowhouse Owners Embrace the 'Overbuild'

Quarters can be cramped for growing families in Philadelphia's many two-story rowhouses. Rather than decamp to the suburbs, more and more homeowners are simply adding a third story, known as an "overbuild."

July 10, 2018 - Philadelphia Inquirer - Philly.com

Washington D.C.

Family-Unfriendly Housing in Washington D.C.

As new construction favors single occupants and childless professionals, the capital's housing stock is increasingly boxing out families.

March 28, 2017 - Greater Greater Washington

Domestic Millennial

More Young Americans Living With Their Parents Than Any Year Since 1940

The highest share of young Americans living with their parents hit a record high of 40.9 percent in 1940. In 2016, the share falls just short of that figure, at 40 percent.

December 22, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

SEPTA Trolley

Families Departing Philadelphia for the Suburbs

That headlining claim is found in a recent research study from Pew Charitable Trust's Philadelphia Research Initiative—more demographic goodies are included.

July 16, 2016 - NewsWorks

Family Parking

Are Families Important in the 'New City'?

U.S. cities leave a lot to be desired for raising a family. However, is it really a worthwhile goal to make cities family friendly? Marin Gertler, a San Diego architect ponders the question after a recent visit to New York City.

June 13, 2016 - UrbDeZine

Kids on bikes

Op-Ed: Jane Jacobs Wouldn't Recognize the Cities of Today

Without children at the center of activity, the urban neighborhoods of today offer little compared to the ideals expressed by Jane Jacobs, according to this strongly worded critique of contemporary urbanism.

June 7, 2016 - The American Conservative

Calatrava Bridge, Dallas

City vs. Suburb Battle Reignites

There's a new volley in the long-running battle between cities and suburbs. In his new book "The Human City," urban scholar Joel Kotkin contends that cities and their planners have lost sight of the residents who matter most: families.

April 12, 2016 - California Planning & Development Report

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