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Urban Planets: Kids, Cars and Cognitive Mapping

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Urban Planet is a daily roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

The negative implications of car culture on children are well documented. But planner, Bruce Appleyard, has uncovered yet another. Kids who are driven to most destinations aren’t “able to accurately draw how the streets in their community connected, whereas children who [walk or bike] to get around [produce] detailed and highly accurate maps of their neighborhood street network.” The “windshield perspective” actually changes the way that children are able to perceive and relate to their environment. (The Atlantic Cities)

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