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The ill effects of childless cities

Published: Monday, Oct. 7 2013 2:25 p.m. MDT

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A mixture of increased crime rates, lowering quality of urban public schools and the expansion of suburbia have caused a dramatic decrease of families in major cities, notes Rachel Lu at the Institute for Family Studies.

“The childless elite and the struggling poor live side by side,” says Lu, in reference to the fact that cities such as Washington, D.C., are consistently rated as great places for young single people to live, yet overall suffer from high crime and poverty rates.

“Meanwhile a functional family culture is all but extinct,” which causes some experts to “worry about the sustainability of this urban model.” Without a stable family culture in cities, the economic viability of a city in the long run is put in doubt says Lu.

Lu suggests such practices as making college campus more family friendly with married housing located centrally on campus could help, as well as increased funding for public schools and decreases in crime rate, as ways to help bring back the family culture to cities.

Read more about childless cities on blog for the Institute for Family Studies.

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