Take away all of parked cars and the parents milling about, and it could be a scene from my childhood. Just a regular day in the neighborhood: packs of kids on bikes and skates, games of kick the can, or any other game you can imagine, and kids young and old playing together.
If I could, I’d make one tiny edit, I’d love to take a giant eraser and rub out all of the parked cars (and the parents). Wouldn’t it be better to see kids squealing and laughing while they scoot, pedal, jump rope and create chalk masterpieces in a street completely free of cars?
I guess the parked cars and the parents illustrate just how far we’ve fallen in thirty years.
More tips on how to get something like this going at Playing Out:
Playing Out is a not-for-profit information and advice resource for street play. We aim to increase children’s safe access to informal play in residential streets through: Directly supporting resident-led street play sessions; Running workshops for parents and residents; Coordinating a network of ‘street organisers’; Providing free resources and advice; Training play/community professionals; Communicating the benefits of street play; Working with policy-makers to enable street play.
Do you see scenes like this where you live? Do kids in your neighborhood play outside without parents?