January 24, 2017, 1pm PST
From the mid-19th century to the early 1980s, playgrounds were designed public spaces that would likely horrify parents today. Swiss urban planner Gabriela Burkhalter has studied how these public spaces have evolved over the years.
January 21, 2017, 7am PST
Many families cannot afford to live in San Francisco, where housing prices are high and houses fit for families raising children are hard to come by.
July 24, 2016, 1pm PDT
A home in poor physical condition can be "devastating" to a child's early development, a study of Cleveland kindergarteners found.
June 13, 2016, 8am PDT
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 7, 2016, 10am PDT
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.
The American Conservative
May 13, 2016, 12pm PDT
Even when urban centers are losing families, this trend does not necessarily apply to rich areas near downtown.
May 12, 2016, 5am PDT
Some code violation controversies must be reported by The Washington Post to be believed.
February 24, 2016, 5am PST
This blog post highlights resources available to help engage children and young adults in participatory planning processes.
February 1, 2016, 8am PST
With the national spotlight rightfully focused on the irreversible effects of lead in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, another insidious threat remains: motor vehicle emissions affecting children's lungs.
December 2, 2015, 7am PST
I've gathered some of the best here, field tested by my boys who have grown up a little since I last made a list like this in 2010, to help you with your holiday shopping list.
November 18, 2015, 8am PST
Governing magazine digs into the data about which cities American families are more likely to call home.
August 25, 2015, 11am PDT
Low crime rates and affordable property preoccupy adults, but kids need something more: the ability to walk the streets and play out on their own. In The Guardian, Viv Groskop explores the "popsicle test" and other elements of child-friendly cities.
August 25, 2015, 9am PDT
Joel Kotkin argues that Jane Jacobs's insights are of limited value because cities are no longer useful for middle-class families.
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?
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.
March 6, 2015, 1pm PST
Instead of "Bikers First!" or "Creative Class First!" James Siegel, president of Kaboom!, proposes an alternative for cities: "Kids First!"
February 5, 2015, 6am PST
In a post from the new Plan.Place blog, the author explores the city with a two-year-old as his guide and offers reflections on viewing the urban landscape anew--from an elevation of 34 inches and with a renewed sense of wonder.
January 12, 2015, 10am PST
In an effort to build healthy, active public realms, many cities should considering some of the laws currently on the books that amount to shouting "get off my lawn."
January 10, 2015, 7am PST
Next City has published a list of ten "great picture books" that explore urban life for the curious and imaginative children in your life.
January 1, 2015, 1pm PST
Do bike helmet laws prevent injuries for children, or do they just discourage children from riding bikes?