The Child in the City


By Colin Ward

This is an excellent book!

There was a time when whole cities were full of latchkey kids living in the city. Think the Rocks in Sydney, Chippendale, Redfern and Annandale, such different places to the empty streets of 2016.

Colin Ward questions how the actual architecture and environment of cities in the 1970’s shaped children’s character.

‘Through an enormously rich range of reference and reminiscence Ward’s book explores the very feel of growing up in the city and evokes the great variety of ways in which the city child has used the street in the past and still does.

Also, Incredible photos of children hanging out and doing damage!

Publication date: 1979

Publisher: Penguin

Details: Softcover. 221pp.

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