Do you want to be a child-friendly city? Just take the children in your city seriously and think of their families, older friends, and neighbours while you are planning, designing, and organizing the maintenance of outdoor space for play – and you will get a city that is friendly to everyone.
1. Remember, once we were kids
Have you ever wondered what happens to us when we grow up and lose the ability of children to accept circumstances and enjoy opportunities of the moment?
It crossed my mind the morning after the city became white from the first seasonal snow. Someone broke into the debate about the daily inconveniences snow generates, saying: “But the kids love it!” Suddenly, we all started to talk not only about how our children love snow but also about how we appreciate the snowy days, the breaking down of everyday routine and the joy of unpredicted socialising while cleaning the sidewalks with our neighbours. (…)