Episode 5

Family Ties

Communities work best when a full range of ages are represented. We look at how city centers are doing in their quest to become full-fledged neighborhoods and not just repositories of the young and hip or a refuge for empty-nesters.

New Kids on the Block?

There’s been a boom in urban residential construction but who are we building for? We visit one city that fought for family units, one that offers townhomes in the shadows of skyscrapers and one that should know better.

  • Griffintown: Montreal
  • Will They Stay or Will They Go?: Philadelphia
  • Building Bad: Seattle

School Daze

Good proximate schools are imperative if a city center is to attract a full spectrum of residents from young to old. We look at how two cities have used schools as magnets to attract families downtown while a third city’s promise is still stuck in detention.

  • Teachers Village: Newark
  • Omission Bay: San Francisco
  • Schooled: Vancouver

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Some cities are providing unique experiences to attract kids and families downtown. We have fun with three noteworthy examples.

  • Inspiron: Charlotte
  • Maggie Daley/Millennium Parks: Chicago
  • White River State Park/Zoo: Indianapolis
  • Griffintown: Montreal
  • Will They Stay or Will They Go?: Philadelphia
  • Building Bad: Seattle
  • Teachers Village: Newark
  • Omission Bay: San Francisco
  • Schooled: Vancouver
  • Inspiron: Charlotte
  • Maggie Daley/Millennium Parks: Chicago
  • White River State Park/Zoo: Indianapolis