Childless Cities

An interesting essay on the city and children.  What are the implications of “kiddie deserts”? Some of it is self-reinforcing and the broader cultural implications are worth noting as well. Worth a read.

Ultimately, everything boils down to what purpose a city should serve. History has shown that rapid declines in childbearing—whether in ancient Rome, seventeenth-century Venice, or modern-day Tokyo—correlate with an erosion of cultural and economic vitality. The post-family city appeals only to a certain segment of the population, one that, however affluent, cannot ensure a prosperous future on its own.

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