The child as an indicator species for cities: reflections on Philadelphia
13-years ago, the British writer and researcher Tim Gill coined the term ‘battery-reared children’ to warn of the impact of poor spatial planning on modern childhoods. He has often spoken since of the need to see children’s play and independent mobility as a measure of the liveability of our towns and cities. This blog begins with his opinion piece from the Philadelphia Enquirer, coinciding with his trip to the US city, and is followed by his reflections on the visit.
by Tim Gill