Youth master plans as potential roadmaps to creating child- and youth-friendly cities

Cushing, Debra Flanders (2016) Youth master plans as potential roadmaps to creating child- and youth-friendly cities. Planning Practice & Research, 31(2), pp. 154-173.

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Communities across the globe are focusing on the needs of young people and their families in an effort to create child- and youth-friendly cities. In an attempt to become more child and youth friendly, over 40 communities in the United States have developed youth master plans (YMPs), as of 2009; however, our understanding of these plans is limited. To broaden this understanding, this research employed a multiple-methods approach, including an online questionnaire, plan analysis and semi-structured interviews with key community informants. Findings show that YMPs often focus on collaboration among community entities and youth participation, yet include only general normative statements regarding the physical environment. Furthermore, urban planners do not typically take the lead in development of YMPs, and, in some cases, are not involved at all. To inform and improve future YMPs, this paper recommends greater focus on the physical environment, particularly in relation to safety, access to nature and sustainable transportation.

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ID Code: 93428
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Youth master plans, child-friendly cities, youth, children, family-friendly cities, UNICEF
DOI: 10.1080/02697459.2015.1110472
ISSN: 1360-0583
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Landscape Architecture (120107)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2016 00:27
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 03:41

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