Tag Archives: Fall 2016

Streets verse Parks

Before reading the article I did not understand why parks were not considered as good as playing on the street, but now I do. I guess I  considered the idea that because parks are made for kids they are considered … Continue reading

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Children in City Panning

I was very interested in how the community workshop was going to go. I was extremely surprised by the amount of people that came out to support the project. However, I was worried that the people that attended might not … Continue reading

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Street Smarts: What’s That?

There are generally two broad categories of smart: street smart, and book smart. I believe that we all have a little bit of both, but one has tended to become more prominent, in our children. For instance, everyone used to … Continue reading

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Streets and Children

This week I really enjoyed the reading, and in particular Ray’s piece on childhood and the value of street play. I think he hit such a variety of important points having to do with the role of streets and independent … Continue reading

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Bring the Children Back

Society is a constantly changing entity and if we, as place makers, do not keep up then vital factions of culture and development will be lost. In the readings and class discussions it is clear that certain aspects of childhood … Continue reading

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Childhood in Developed Cities

It is interesting to read about the loss of childhood in urban areas, especially in what we consider “developed cities”. While a few decades ago, parents would be comfortable sending their kids into the world with nothing but a time … Continue reading

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Sidewalks and Responsibility

Growing up in a small suburban town, my parents were never concerned with the safety of our street. Especially since they knew everyone that lived on the block. Most of the time I was outside I would either be riding … Continue reading

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Go play in Traffic

It is a saying I heard quite often growing up. My mother would say it, and then my grandparents would say it, and even my aunts and uncles would say it.  I always wanted to be with the babies, or … Continue reading

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Parks, Sidewalks, and Juveniles

In the two readings, “The Uses of Sidewalks: Assimilating Children: by Jane Jacobs and “A Participation Cook Book” by Ray Lorenzo an interesting dynamic exists. Jacobs explains in depth about how certain city configurations will produce an juvenile reaction out … Continue reading

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Are playgrounds safe?

The article, The uses of sidewalks: assimilating children, was really interesting to me because it showed me a new outlook on the complex issue that was being presented. Are playgrounds the correct place to let a child play and hangout … Continue reading

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