The Children, Youth and Environments Journal just published a special issue, “Child-Friendly Cities: Critical Perspectives” available on:
An overview article discusses recent developments and develops a typology of the roles of children and youth as users, consumers, entrepreneurs, and co-producers of cities in a globalizing world. Other articles cover accreditation of child-friendly cities, spatializing children’s rights, qualitative vs. quantitative standards for play space, appropriation of public spaces, participatory planning with children, and connectedness to nature, among others. The issue includes papers from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Sweden, India, Ireland, and New Zealand. It also includes several excellent book reviews and thoughtful critique of Robert Putnam’s new book “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.”
Children, Youth and Environments (CYE) accepts 25% of submissions for publication after a double-blind peer-review process. It has readers in over 150 countries who annually make more than 35,000 requests for full-text downloads. Articles published in CYE from 2003 through the end of 2011 were cited on average 17.2 times.