These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers: Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.
One grass hill, a recycle bin of nearby cardboard, add children. When older, provide space for children to connect... on foot or bike, not driving. Provide opportunity for the elders to connect with the young and pass on their knowledge. And ensure they have entry-level jobs to become participating, productive members of society.
Home Range is the territory covered every day to accomplish the mundane chores of daily life. When the home range is a village or car-free town, it is intimate, accessible and human-scaled. When it is transport-scaled, it is impersonal, expensive and isolating.
It used to be called a normal childhood. Now it is branded "free range" to differentiate between the segregated buildings that provide daycare, preschool and grade school until we turn 18. Children need role models. They need to live in communities, not isolated from them. But to make them safe, keep the cars off the streets, outside the urban core. Put the classrooms on the village plazas. Let kids roam, learning independence and autonomy.