Creating Child Friendly Cities: New Perspectives and by Brendan Gleeson, Neil Sipe

By Brendan Gleeson, Neil Sipe

Top making plans and geography authors current this complete evaluate of the level to which the actual and social make up of Western towns incorporates and nourishes the desires of youngsters and adolescence. analyzing the components of making plans, layout, social coverage, shipping and housing, growing baby pleasant towns outlines strengths and deficiencies within the tactics that govern city improvement and alter from the point of view of youngsters and early life. concerns explored comprise kid's view of town and why this is often distinct; the 'obesity epidemic': is it attributable to cities?; the adventure to varsity and kid's shipping wishes normally. With illustrations and case reviews, growing baby pleasant towns provides making plans execs with an exceptional case for child-friendly towns and an motion plan to create locations for kids to play.

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These, ‘like the fast food industry’, are dominated by the logic shareholder accountability and thus cost minimization (Elvish 2005). For Elvish, the ‘politics of choice’ are fraught with paradox: ‘In our consumer orientated society we are bombarded with choice and variety. Yet ironically, at one of the most important periods in a child’s life, families are increasingly given a “one size fits all” option to early childhood’ (Elvish 2005). The market-driven approach is also causing a significant spatial mismatch between the location of commercial centres and the geography of parental need.

2 Characteristics of a child friendly city • Good access for all children to affordable, quality basic health services, clean water, adequate sanitation and solid waste removal; • Local authorities to ensure that policies, resources allocations and governance actions are made in a manner that is in the best interests of the children and their constituencies; • Safe environments and conditions that nurture the development of children of all ages with opportunities for recreation, learning, social interaction, psychological development and cultural expression; • A sustainable future under equitable social and economic conditions, and protection from the effects of environmental hazards and natural disasters; • Children have the right to participate in making decisions that affect their lives and are offered opportunities to express their opinions; • Special attention is given to disadvantaged children, such as those who are living or working on the streets, sexually exploited, living with disabilities or without adequate family support; • Non-discrimination based on gender, ethnic background or social or economic status.

They drive, walk, work, park their cars, shop and visit restaurants to meet friends. Children’s places within the city are relatively confined and essentially invisible, and this trend is accelerating if the comparisons from the 1972 evaluation of neighbourhoods in Melbourne are treated as broad general evidence (Malone and Hasluck 2002). Many of the child friendly cities described in the case studies of the UNICEF CFCI network certainly paint a very different picture of childhood and the way children are positioned in the city landscapes.

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