Schools play an important role in our towns—educating young people and serving as an anchor and community space for the surrounding neighborhoods. But in order to be successful and strong, schools must be located in the neighborhoods they serve, not on a stroad out on the edge of town. Schools should be safely accessible for children to walk or bike to.
If we want to make our towns successful for future generations, we must build family-friendly neighborhoods that are affordable, enjoyable and productive for everyone who lives in them. #StrongSchools
What if we shifted all transportation funding into the classroom? What if we ended the mandate for schools to provide transportation?
Safe Routes to School is a very popular federal program designed to make is easier for students to walk and bike to school. What if we instead chose to build Schools on Safe Routes?
These four steps will help you assess whether your town is a safe place for children to walk and bike on their own.
A new high school is heralded as a model of innovation, but it's part of a depressing trend in modern school planning: isolated facilities on the unwalkable fringe.
7 steps to taking the leap and getting the most out of urban public schools.
5 things I learned while teaching my kids to use public transit.
Provo, UT is undertaking a grand experiment in suburbanizing a public high school. Here are 3 major problems with that plan.
As a society, we are zealous when it comes to the safety of children. And rightfully so. Still, for some reason we find it perfectly acceptable to routinely include them in the most dangerous activity of American life: riding in a car.
When you're faced with the choice of living in an urban neighborhood with "poor" schools, or a suburban neighborhood with "good" schools, you find a work around. That's what these entrepreneurial spirits did in San Francisco.
In closing many neighborhood schools over the years, my local school district has walked away from neighborhoods that are already struggling, making the situation in those places much worse.
A year ago, I wrote about an old school being converted into a community center. This photo collection shows what has happened since, the results of Strong Citizenship.
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(Top photo by Wdzinc)