Back in January, BlueBloggers Leslie Carlson and Wendy Radmacher-Willis wrote about the declining numbers of children in Portland despite the vibrancy of the city. (See "34,000 kids are missing. Will ours be next?")
We also love Portland. We want it to be a place where diversity is celebrated: diversity of color, gender, sexual orientation, income and yes, age. We fear, however, that we’re on the path to becoming a city of singles and dual-income couples with no kids, full of great restaurants, bookstores, nightlife, art and culture, but absent the energy, optimism and life of children. Do we really want to be San Francisco when we grow up?
Today, the New York Times discovers the same thing, in "Vibrant Cities Find One Thing Missing: Children"
Portland is one of the nation's top draws for the kind of educated, self-starting urbanites that midsize cities are competing to attract. But as these cities are remodeled to match the tastes of people living well in neighborhoods that were nearly abandoned a generation ago, they are struggling to hold on to enough children to keep schools running and parks alive with young voices.