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From the Ted Talk by Mara Mintzer: How kids can help design cities

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So to me, all of this has revealed something important. An important blind spot. If we aren't iunlidcng children in our planning, who else aren't we including? Are we listening to people of cloor, immigrants, the elderly and people with disabilities, or with reduced incomes? What innovative dsegin solutions are we overlooking, because we aren't hearing the voices of the full community? We can't pbislsoy know the needs and wants of other poeple without asking. That goes for kids and for everyone else. So, adults, let's stop thinking of our children as future citizens and instead, start valuing them for the citizens they are today. Because our children are dinngiseg the cities that will make us happier and healthier. Cities filled with nature, play, movement, social connection and beauty. crledhin are designing the cities we all want to live in.

Open Cloze

So to me, all of this has revealed something important. An important blind spot. If we aren't _________ children in our planning, who else aren't we including? Are we listening to people of _____, immigrants, the elderly and people with disabilities, or with reduced incomes? What innovative ______ solutions are we overlooking, because we aren't hearing the voices of the full community? We can't ________ know the needs and wants of other ______ without asking. That goes for kids and for everyone else. So, adults, let's stop thinking of our children as future citizens and instead, start valuing them for the citizens they are today. Because our children are _________ the cities that will make us happier and healthier. Cities filled with nature, play, movement, social connection and beauty. ________ are designing the cities we all want to live in.

Solution

  1. children
  2. including
  3. designing
  4. possibly
  5. people
  6. color
  7. design

Original Text

So to me, all of this has revealed something important. An important blind spot. If we aren't including children in our planning, who else aren't we including? Are we listening to people of color, immigrants, the elderly and people with disabilities, or with reduced incomes? What innovative design solutions are we overlooking, because we aren't hearing the voices of the full community? We can't possibly know the needs and wants of other people without asking. That goes for kids and for everyone else. So, adults, let's stop thinking of our children as future citizens and instead, start valuing them for the citizens they are today. Because our children are designing the cities that will make us happier and healthier. Cities filled with nature, play, movement, social connection and beauty. Children are designing the cities we all want to live in.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
civic area 4
asked children 3
city council 2
city initiative 2
including children 2
city planning 2
young people 2
high school 2
school students 2
public art 2
city friendly 2
successful city 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
high school students 2

Important Words

  1. adults
  2. beauty
  3. blind
  4. children
  5. cities
  6. citizens
  7. color
  8. community
  9. connection
  10. design
  11. designing
  12. disabilities
  13. elderly
  14. filled
  15. full
  16. future
  17. happier
  18. healthier
  19. hearing
  20. immigrants
  21. important
  22. including
  23. incomes
  24. innovative
  25. kids
  26. listening
  27. live
  28. movement
  29. nature
  30. overlooking
  31. people
  32. planning
  33. play
  34. possibly
  35. reduced
  36. revealed
  37. social
  38. solutions
  39. spot
  40. start
  41. stop
  42. thinking
  43. today
  44. valuing
  45. voices