A weed is not always a weed.
It is wonderful that parents, educators, city recreation departments and others are singing the praises of "natural playgrounds" these days. The concept has been growing constantly, especially since the 2008 publication of Richard Louv's book "…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 10, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments
"I'm not annoyed because we are not recreating the past in Atlanta.
I am annoyed because we are not creating a beautiful future."Continue
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There is a very important article in The Atlantic titled, "Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive?" It is a fascinating read about coming out on the winning side of a childhood of poverty.
A big factor in…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 6, 2016 at 10:42am — No Comments
This is not an ordinary slide you see before you. This is the slide that three-year-old me slid down on the way to buy shoes. It was magic. The anticipation of arriving at the store that you entered via a slide is so vivid and alive that it is as if it happened yesterday, instead of (gulp) 59 years ago. This piece of magical history still exists in Towson,…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 4, 2016 at 10:19pm — No Comments
This Capitol Hill (DC) treehouse has sparked debate among neighbors, with some saying it shouldn't have been constructed 20 inches over their property line into the alley. (Larry Janezich/Capitol Hill Corner)
Have you ever noticed how many people who don't have a dog can't tolerate dogs,…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 21, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Everyone is talking about attracting "Millennials" to Atlanta to help build a vibrant, creativity-based economy, but what about keeping (aka sustaining) that population as they grow and have families? They don't stop being creative and good for the city when they have children, they become MORE interested than ever in having a great place to live. It's just…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 11, 2015 at 11:20am — No Comments
Recent street scene at Serenbe.
Are you old enough to remember the days when every child in your neighborhood had a bike and you knew which bike belonged to which kid?
With apologies to my former, younger self who is now cringing in horror and…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 7, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
We have great plans ahead for doing our part to create a more child-friendly environment for children in the City of Atlanta. There is no better place to start that effort than to strengthen our focus on just how playful our city is and what we can all do to make it a better and safer place for our children to play.
Over the hot Atlanta summer months we will…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 16, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Without fail the picture gracing the place of honor on my iPhone is of one or more of my grandchildren doing what kids under five do best - playing just for the heck of it. There…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 4, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments
“It has never been more…Continue
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If you talk to grownups who work in the field of play you will soon discover who they go to when they need real information ...kids. Turns out they know a lot about play (even though many don't get to play too much any more). Recently I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with some very creative and very playful children at…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
‘People who grow up in a city that cared for them are more likely to care for their city.’
An interview with Jagan Shah, Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 28, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments
"Look at them, looking," he once urged me as we watched some children draw- and then he added, "their eyes meeting the world." He wished that schools, especially, would take the child as artist more seriously: "A youngster drawing is a youngster thinking, a youngster telling you a hell of a lot. When will we know that?" When he asked such questions,…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 3, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments
I hope you enjoy this uplifting and fun video made by the International Play Association. It was created to celebrate the adoption of the General Comment on Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. That's a fancy way to say that the UN is making it a priority to let everyone know all children everywhere have the right to play! Check it out!
Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 20, 2013 at 8:52am — No Comments
I hear it was an amazing weekend in downtown Atlanta. The streets were closed off for bicycles, and play, and poetry, and families, and fun. How many major cities have a playground right in the heart of downtown? Atlanta does! And, it looks like the saying, "If you build it they will come." is true! Fantastic Woodruff Park. (Thanks to Cooper Holland for the…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 8, 2013 at 8:16pm — No Comments
I grew up in the 60s in an Atlanta neighborhood called Hanover West. It was very much a classic "Leave It To Beaver" type place. Moms stayed at home. Dads went to work. Kids went to school or played outside. You knew everybody's dog and parents' car. You knew the best trees to climb, the best yard for playing ball, the best woods for playing war, and the best…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 3, 2013 at 9:59am — No Comments
"A city that has no room for the child is a diabolical thing."
Look around the City of Atlanta. Are we making room for our children? Are we thinking of children when we design shiny, hip and splashy mixed-use…Continue
What if children's education opened them up to the passion, talent, and joy inside their hearts and minds? What if?
Tonight I saw a wonderful story on Sixty MInutes about a symphony in Kinshasa in Congo. The musicians played and sang with such joy. It seemed that most came to music very late and thanks only to the…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 8, 2012 at 10:25pm — No Comments
Can you imagine being a 6-year-old girl and climbing into this nest with your best friends? I can see covering the floor of the nest with some kind of soft grasses or even blankets... I'd love for them to be able to bring big pillows and have a spend-the-night party in there. It's brilliant. It's on a …Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 20, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments