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Children and the City

In The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) Jane Jacobs devoted much of her classic text to questions about children and young people’s everyday interactions in the city. Yet for at least two decades, mainstream urbanists have shown no interest in the topic. Tim Gill asks  “Isn’t it time we asked ourselves once again what role the texture and fabric of the city has in shaping the present and future lives of its younger citizens?”

Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood, especially their play and free time, and is author of No Fear: Growing up in a risk-averse society In his consultancy work, Tim is advising developers on the subject of child-friendliness in a number of new developments in London, including Kings Cross Central.

Tim is proposing the topic of Children and the city at a Conversation hosted by Rethinking Cities on Wednesday 9 July, 2008.

If you would like to take part in this Conversation please follow this link - http://www.rethinkingcities.net/conversations/

Date added: 13 June 2008

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