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9. Cities for children
Episode 917th May 2023 • PodParks • World Urban Parks
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Welcome to a new episode of Podparks!

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How would our cities change if we designed them with children in mind? This is the question we seek to answer on this week’s Podparks, with the help of Amanda O’Rourke, Executive Director at 8-80 Cities, Leticia Lozano, founder of MACIA Studio, and Jennifer De Melo, Senior Strategist of Organization Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Kaboom. 

Modern cities are designed around working men's commutes, and this has historically excluded other city experiences from the urban space. 

But there is a great significance of designing cities with children in mind. Amanda and Leticia discuss how children are indicators of healthy and thriving cities and the need to prioritize their safety, independence, and overall development. Design elements that facilitate child-friendly cities, including spacious sidewalks, safe crossings, rest areas, shade, and accessible transportation systems, enable children to navigate their neighborhoods independently and foster socialization, motor skill development, and cognitive growth.

But safety is not the final destination fo child-friendly cities. As Jen De Melo suggests, integrating play into city design is a vital aspect of childhood development, contributing to physical, mental, and social well-being.

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