Listening to ‘Generation Jacobs’; A Case Study in Participative Engagement for a Child-Friendly City

Geraint Ellis, Jonna Monaghan, Laura McDonald

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Abstract

This paper reflects on the enduring value of Jane Jacobs’ Life and Death of American Cities in the context of Child-Friendly Cities. This is explored through a project in Belfast which has engaged primary school children in how they understand their local environment. This shows that while children can effectively contribute to policy debates, there is a need to express this in a way that can be more effectively assimilated into planning debates. The paper reflects on this experience, suggesting that ‘Generation Jacobs’ could be used as a rhetorical device to frame children’s needs in a way that can be better understood by the planning profession.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-127
Number of pages21
JournalChildren, Youth and Environments
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Children;
  • Planning
  • Participation
  • Jane Jacobs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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