New Report Plans Toronto at Kid Scale

Toronto has released draft urban design guidelines that put families with children at the center of the city.

June 2, 2017 - Next City

Building Children Out of Our Cities

It's been said that children are the indicator species of urban health and great neighborhoods. By this measure, Oakland is in trouble.

January 27, 2016 - Shelterforce/Rooflines

The U.S. Cities With the Most Children

Governing magazine digs into the data about which cities American families are more likely to call home.

November 18, 2015 - Governing

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Will Young Families Stay in Cities?

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?

May 16, 2015 - The Washington Post

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Family-Friendly Downtown Living

What helps make a downtown family friendly? Safe places to play, safe streets, good schools and attainable housing, writes Jennifer Hill.

April 14, 2015 - Community Builders

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How to Promote a Kid-Friendly, Walkable City

Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner and executive director for the city of Toronto, shares tips for how to create safe, fun environments for children.

January 7, 2015 - Active for Life

Los Angeles' Historic Pershing Square to Receive Family-Friendly Makeover

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.

September 20, 2014 - LA Downtown News

Philadelphia's Housing Incentives Shoot School Funding in the Foot

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.

September 15, 2014 - Philadelphia Inquirer

Kids vs Dogs in Park Design Debate

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.

September 14, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

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How Families Can Benefit the Planning and Design of Cities

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.

September 2, 2014 - Bradley Calvert

Urban Baby Boom Requires Baby-Friendly Planning

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.

July 9, 2014 - Sustainable Cities Collective

The Policy Implications of Families in Virginia Choosing to Stay in Cities

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.

May 5, 2014 - University of Virginia Center for Public Service

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Housing is the Key to Family-Friendly Cities

Why housing should take priority in the effort to attract families back to the city (and welcome them to stay awhile).

April 7, 2014 - Bradley Calvert

Density Is the New Fertility Bogeyman

Joel Kotkin's muddle-headed theory on babies and urban living is aimed at blocking housing choice for young families, argues Robert Steuteville.

September 12, 2013 - Better! Cities & Towns

Cities vs Suburbs: Where do Parents Want to Raise Their Children?

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.

August 14, 2013 - DC.Streetsblog

'Stroller Index': A Thermometer for Measuring the Health of Your Neighborhood

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.

April 26, 2013 - Governing

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