Young people have the creativity, the ideas, and the drive to create a better world. Planning Cities With Young People and Schools shares the overlooked yet critical perspectives of young people from low-income communities of color and their public schools. With insight from 10,000 students over two decades from the San Francisco Bay Area, this work offers a urgently needed set of best-practice recommendations that allows urban planners to reimagine the future of our cities, discussing issues ranging from environmental planning, housing, transportation, regional planning, and urban education.
Part I of this book discusses the planning of more equitable, youth-friendly cities by cultivating intergenerational communities of practice in which city planners and adult professionals work with young people. Part II explores the engagement of youth in housing, transportation, and resilience planning through case studies, literature analysis, and international examples of the engagement of children and youth in city planning. Part III is directed towards practitioners, scholars, and students alike, the “Six Essentials for Planning Just and Joyful Cities” presenting the necessary precursors to effective city planning with and for our marginalized communities of children, youth, and public schools.