I'm reading Bill Bryson's memories of his life as a kid.
Bryson grew up in Des Moines, Iowa in the 50's and he describes it as Kidville.
Literally, wherein kids were everywhere, at all times, doing everything imaginable.
Of course, there are no Kidville's these days, right?
Because of some weird construction around another of those massive condo towers being built on campus I got turned around and had to ride my bike through family housing last weekend.
And when I got there there were kids everywhere.
Romping and rough-housing and rollicking and just flat out playing.
When we first came back to Vancouver we lived on the edge of, but not quite in, family housing just off-campus. One of the things the two E's liked doing back then was hitting 'five parks in five minutes' which were all within a quarter of a mile of our (row)house....They talk non-stop about how much they loved they living there...Kidville as modern day utopia (with a leaky roof - it was a crummy rowhouse, mostly because the landlord didn't give a crap)....Who knew?