Children and cities

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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

Kids

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

Splash Park

The Myth of the 'Childless City'

It is conventional wisdom that suburbs are more attractive to families with children than cities. But in fact, the most dense urban cores are gaining children to a greater extent than their suburbs.

July 22, 2019 - Michael Lewyn

City Kids

It's Our Future You Are Planning For: Getting Youth Involved in Planning

This blog post highlights resources available to help engage children and young adults in participatory planning processes.

February 24, 2016 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Want Smart Kids? Provide Access to Green Space

A new study finds evidence of the benefits of green space for the cognitive development of children.

June 18, 2015 - The Atlantic

Children Playing

The Shortcomings of 'Family Friendliness' Rankings

Many rankings try to tell parents where the best places are to raise their kids. But measures that focus solely on narrow criteria like safety and schools often ignore the benefits of diverse, vibrant urban environments.

February 17, 2015 - Family Friendly Cities

Top Books

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Top Apps

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Top Schools

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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.