are we missing out?

An article from the Saturday Star: “The Wander Years: Has this generation missed out?”

When I was a kid, growing up in Mississauga, I didn’t walk to school. School was strictly a busing affair. Or I’d get dropped off. But after school, I’d get on my bike and ride around the subdivision, but never really go too far, or else I’d be riding on a major street. Welcome to suburbia. We had AC, I liked to stay in and play computer games or Colecovision (ooh, there’s a blast from the past), so I didn’t experience the ability to wander the city growing up in the late 70s and 80s. I didn’t move to the city until midway into my twenties and married, but it was a definite decision that we made to stay in the city and not live in the suburbs. Even with children, we sought out a house that was in town. It’s hard to talk about being in the city, since T.O. is so huge, but I guess if you can say that you’re serviced by transit, you’re in the city… Anyway, it’s only a 15 minute drive to the downtown core, no traffic. Which is only on Sunday. But not in the summer, because of the countless marathons, parades, road construction, etc. Anyway. We qualify as city dwellers, the new urbanites.

Living in the city with two kids, one of whom is about to start school, we have the luxury of being able to walk to the school, right around the corner. Literally. We don’t have to cross the street to get there, which I think is great. Our street is very family oriented, with lots of “eyes on the porches” and it’s something that I’m not used to, but I cherish. If each street becomes a little community, I think our whole city would be a lot safer. But it’s a dream, I guess. There are few real neighbourhoods any more. Hopefully, as more people choose to live in the city, the neighbourhood will see a resurgence.

So, where are you livin’ at? 🙂

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I can totally relate to that article.

    When I was in elementary school, we had open lunch. That meant that the school would open its doors at noon and LET THE KIDS OUT!…Isn’t that crazy to think about? As a first grader I would walk three blocks home to eat lunch, unsupervised, with no parental permission needed. You didn’t need to sign anything. No one needed to pick you up. They just let you go and expected you to be back in forty minutes.

    I can’t even imagine doing that with my kids, but I do rememeber the fun I had wandering about. 🙂


  2. Posted by divine.conspiracy on 2007/06/27 at 12:33 PM

    It is kind of crazy to think about how much security and safety have become big issues in parenting, and how different things are, even in just one generation, nevermind two.


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