Great article, Joel. If parents knew their kids were going to their local neighborhood school many parents would get involved and support their school before their kids even started kindergarten. The current system keeps families in limbo until they get the results of the school lottery. The outcome of the lottery usually has parents driving a significant distance to whatever school they've been stuck with - more road time, rush hour traffic, and pollution for everyone. Neighborhoods don't have a neighborhood feel to them. Parents get fed up with the grind and move.
As a father of three little boys I read the crank comments to your excellent article and pity those who wrote them. If someone doesn't think a city is better with a healthy ratio of families and kids, there's not much to be done for them. You don't have to be a parent to enjoy seeing children in your city now and then. You just have to be a well-adjusted human.
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