Olson Kundig Architects
2012 AIA Seattle Honor Award
Photo Credit: Dwight Eschliman, Benjamin Benschneider
Development in cities is booming and young professionals and empty nesters alike are making a home downtown, giving new life to once-tired neighborhoods and spurring faster growth at the center rather than at the edge of metropolitan areas. But what happens when these city-loving Millennials start to have children? Will cities adapt to support them as they transition into parenthood?
With the support of AIA Seattle’s 2012 Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, Sarah Snider dug into the key issues of what attracts parents to live in urban neighborhoods and conversely, what pushes them to more suburban, less sustainable locales. After visiting nine different cities across North America, she learned what designers and policy makers can do to encourage more compact development that allows families to choose walkable, transit-rich, urban neighborhoods.
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