"For generations, government policies have been geared toward creating endless landscapes of strip malls…We have eaten up farmland and forest. We have…endangered the lives of our senior citizens. We have engineered a world where children cannot walk or bike to school without risking their lives. We have created countless places devoid of any real social value."
— Sarah Goodyear, Atlantic Cities, Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure
"What if catering to our youngest citizens, rather than dismissing them, would help us all live happier, healthier urban lives(?)"
— Yes to this. Empathy deserves a place in urban design. Also, the whole “people with kids belong in the ‘burbs” idea is so 1985 (and not in a hip, retro way). Here’s the source of the quote.