The Geography of NYC's Children: More Evidence of Urban Popularity

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Conventional wisdom is that making urban cores stronger and more pedestrian-friendly is irrelevant to the interests of American parents, who supposedly want to live in suburbs or faux-suburbs at the edge of cities. But when I looked at the Furman Center's new report on New York City, I discovered a very interesting table on page 43: the only places in New York City where the percentage of children grew were (a) the well-off parts of Manhattan and (b) the parts of Brooklyn closest to Manhattan (that is, the least suburb-ish parts of the borough). The more suburb-like, traditionally child-heavy places at the city's edge (as well as some of the city's poorer areas in the South Bronx and northeastern Brooklyn) either lost children or gained children more slowly than they gained adults.


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