Creating a Child-Friendly Neighborhood
Iranian Schoolchildren Talk about Desirable and Undesirable Elements in Their Neighborhoods
Keywords:child-friendly neighborhood, children’s views, children’s participation, Iranian cities, urban planning
Iranian children live in city neighborhoods often rated poorly in terms of child-friendly indicators. Children’s voices expressing priorities, needs, and desires for improving their neighborhoods are given little attention by urban planners. This research investigated schoolchildren’s views of favorable and unfavorable attributes of their neighborhood environments. The top three desirable neighborhood features children identified were: participation, access to green areas and the natural environment; and quality of built environments and public urban spaces. These results can broaden planners’ perspectives for creating child-friendly local environments. Considering children’s ideas like this would help to mainstream better urban policies in Iran.