What could be more important to a community, its health and its future?
Where children live matters.
Environments shape experiences and affect lives significantly.
While we gain inspiration from the "poster child" stories of youth who grow up and "make it out," the fact remains that most don't enjoy such success.
Remember this surprising fact: a child raised in a negative home environment, but in a good neighborhood, has a better chance for a life of health and well-being than does a child raised in a positive home environment, but in a troubled neighborhood (Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference).
I have no idea who this little boy is talking to. Possibly a concerned parent is on the other end of this line.
I do know his neighborhood.
It is tough.
It is poor.
It is largely negative.
We fool ourselves against our own self-interest when we forget that living spaces in the city demand our high priority attention.
[Photograph by Janet Morrison]