Room to Grow

Raising tiny humans in the city.

This project is supported by funding from the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

The 4th Street bus terminal in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Getting Around the City With Kids, When Formal Transit Has Collapsed

In Harare, Zimbabwe, mothers going about daily tasks have few good options for travel. Here's how we make it work.

People travel in a bus locally known as "car rapide" in Senegal's capital Dakar.

How to Push Kid-Friendly Transit in a Rapidly Urbanizing City

An advocate and mom in Dakar, Senegal, talks about elevating a child-focused policy agenda, in a city that’s still struggling with basic infrastructure.

Kids at a daycare center in Quebec.

The Global Legacy of Quebec’s Subsidized Child Daycare

With more than two decades behind it, the Quebec program that spawned an affordable child care model has some lessons for the rest of the world.

A kids play space in Tirana's Grand Park.

Rebuilding a City from the Eye of a Child

The ambitious mayor of Tirana, Albania, is selling a wary constituency on economic transformation by putting kids at the forefront of his agenda.

Kids play soccer in a main square without cars.

What Happens to Kid Culture When You Close the Streets to Cars

In the Spanish city Pontevedra, a family-friendly “pedestrianization” policy has helped increase the population of kids, despite the country’s low birth rates.

Room to Grow: Our Series on Raising Tiny Humans in Cities

Ideas for urban families from Seoul to San Francisco.

The ‘Cafes’ Where Women Go to Breastfeed

Come for the free lactation consultation. Stay for the fellow moms.

Bogota's Ciclovia

How Bogotá’s Cycling Superhighway Shaped a Generation

For many families, the Ciclovía is often one of the very best things about living in Bogotá. And kids start very young.

The Parks Where Kids (and Their Parents) Walk and Read at the Same Time

Some libraries are getting young kids reading by taking the books outside.

‘Risky’ Playgrounds Are Making a Comeback

The modern playground has become mind-numbingly standard-issue. There’s a movement afoot to bring “adventure” back into play.

Vintage toy-box lid showing children playing with building cubes

How Kids Learn to Navigate the City (and the World), in Five Designs

Critic Alexandra Lange talks about the objects and places that represent a-ha moments in child-centered design.

A South Korean woman with a baby in her arms in front of Seoul City Hall in 2005.

South Korea Is Trying to Boost its Birth Rate. It's Not Working.

The country needs to convince more couples to have children. But its biggest city is no paradise for parents.