Comment 116482

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted February 09, 2016 at 15:26:56

This reminds me of a conversation I had many years ago with a colleague in Paris.

Up until the age of about 12 or 13 he lived in central Paris and loved it. All his friends were within a short walk, there were tons of things to do within walking distance (cinema, parks, shops, museums etc.) and he was free to do this on his own. Transit was also easy and accessible for slightly longer trips.

Then his parents moved to the suburbs, so they could have a garden and more space. He hated it: his nearest friend was a half hour bike ride away (over a hill), there was nothing to do, and (worst of all) his parents started spending most of their free time working on the garden and the house (and encouraging him to do the same if he said he was bored).

Despite conventional wisdom, he was convinced that a dense city was actually a better place to raise children than the suburbs!

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2016-02-09 15:27:13

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