Is SF Kid-Friendly?
A while ago, this article came out about how kids and families are fleeing the city. “Child Population Dwindles”. I’ve always been a fan of raising kids in the city because my own experience in suburbia was boring, with a capital B. City kids got access to so many things without having to drive, they had a huge well-stocked public library, lots of diverse people, and specialists in anything they happened to be interested in, at their doorstep. Suburban kids were “safe,” but protected in a cocoon of dullness and with no access to anything. With all of the weirdos in my middle class neighborhood, I didn’t think it was “safe” at all, either.
My comments on a weekend with kids, after the jump.
I had two kids this weekend, borrowed from my sister, and these are the things I noticed about living in the city with kids. I would love if it those who are raising kids here post their insights and comments!
- It’s really dirty everywhere. I had to remind the kids not put their hamburger and fries on the In ‘N Out table, on the steps of the Hyatt, on the bus… the list goes on.
- They walk a lot where they’re from, but here, I walk a lot more. When they waited for the bus for 30 minutes they quickly realized the merits of walking.
- There are a lot of little dogs in this town, more than kids, it seems. Interesting for the kids, but kind of freakish to me.
- Restaurants and cafes don’t have kids menus. Photo to the right are italian sodas, which I thought were a good selection and very exotic. I know some parents think kids should just have whatever the parents have. Exception: Warming Hut has a great kids’ menu.
- Drivers are extremely courteous when you have your hands full of small people. I never knew that as a single person I was in such disregard until I crossed ten streets with kids, and cars stopped each time!
- People are really friendly when you have kids with you. Strangers talk to me places, and help out with things liek where to get ketchup, and comment on good parenting. It’s an interesting community feeling.
- This has happened when other kids came to stay too: it’s really noisy here at night. Maybe city kids get used to it, but going to bed around 7 or 8, kids have to endure about 6 more hours of adult play time outside, and it’s hard for them to get uninterrupted sleep.