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(Cities) Building better cities for children: Coordinating within and across city agencies to harness the power of playful learning (Brookings)

Helen Shwe Hadani and Shwetha Parvathy write for Brookings: Today, more than half of the world’s children are growing up in cities. By 2030, up to 60 percent of the world’s urban population will be under 18 years old. Yet, children are often invisible to urban planners, developers, and architects when creating citywide policies that impact transportation, air and noise pollution, and health and well-being, as noted by Tim Gill in his recent book “Urban Playground.” “The truth is that the vast majority of urban planning decisions and projects take no account of their potential impact on children and make no effort to seek children’s views. … All too often, this is down to a simple lack of respect for children’s rights or abilities,” he writes.

go to Brookings website: Building better cities for children: Coordinating within and across city agencies to harness the power of playful learning (brookings.edu)