More parents are raising kids downtown

Urban parents who don’t want to give up the city life are increasingly choosing to stay downtown to raise their childrenOne parenting group, Parents for a Better Downtown Seattle, is pushing for a public school downtown and they lobbied for a playground in the redesign of the waterfront. 

That’s a good thing, according to the International Making Cities Livable Council, a group that aims to make cities more livable. The group advocates for bringing families downtown and argues that inherent flaws in suburban planning make suburbia unhealthy for children. Think about the typical cul-de-sac development that makes it difficult to walk to the store, for instance. 

Some of the benefits of urban living include closer proximity to cultural resources, growing up in a diverse social and ethnic mix and experiencing “how society works.” Meanwhile, parents can spend less time in the car commuting and more time with their kids.

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