Since having my son, I've noticed how many parents opt to take their children to indoor playgrounds rather than spend time outside. One indoor playground even touts, "we keep children healthy by making fitness fun," as if our children don't naturally know how to have fun themselves.
|Exploring the sidewalk. Photo by Carren Jao.|
|Oh look! Our neighbors introduced us to a "rock garden" a few blocks away. Photo by Carren Jao.|
... the time I spend with my daughter getting around LA without a car is a different kind of quality time—it’s specifically reserved for me to experience the city with her. A few extra minutes waiting for a bus isn’t an inconvenience, it’s a time to slow down, admire murals, and count pigeons. (Besides, she’ll let me know when I’ve walked too fast past something she wanted to see.)
In a car, no matter where we go, the experience never changes: I’m sitting in traffic, staring out one window, while she stares out another window in the backseat...Wouldn't it be great to do more with your children than strap them into a car seat and then step into the driver's seat facing away from them?
Read more of Walker's thoughts on raising children car-free and the solutions on the horizon for LA's multimodal future.