When we lived in D.C., in a solid neighborhood in the city’s northwest quadrant, not a single kid came to our door in three years. Last night at our house in Toronto -in a neighborhood much closer in to the city core and also much denser than where we lived in D.C. – our house was mobbed. And the kids were virtually a mosaic of races – black, white, Asian…
Then I saw this story in today’s New York Times on a new study from the US Census Bureau:
Nearly half the nation’s children live in places where their parents
fear that neighbors may be a bad influence, and one-third or more of
black and Hispanic children are generally kept inside their homes
because their neighborhoods are considered too dangerous. … Over all, more than one in five children are kept indoors because they live in dangerous neighborhoods, according to the survey. That proportion rises to 34 percent among blacks and 37 percent among
Contemplate the long-run social and economic costs of that.