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Bring fun back: Children lost out on valuable play time during the pandemic as schools and playgrounds were shuttered, and sports and birthday parties were canceled. The consequences can be long-lasting. Yet even as cities closed off streets to traffic and reserved them for pedestrian use during the pandemic, not enough initiatives centered around creating opportunities for urban play, argues contributor Alexandra Lange.

More than a year into a harrowing pandemic, she writes, it’s time to give the streets back to the kids. Philadelphia offers a model: Every summer, hundreds of streets become makeshift playgrounds for kids during the weekdays. Last year, some even became summer camps, with food and activities for kids, and jobs for teens and young adults. Today on CityLab: Let’s Declare This the Summer of Play

-Linda Poon

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