Although lots of people choose to raise their kids in the suburbs, it seems plenty of parents prefer to stay in their Downtown home or condo even after the bundle of joy arrives. In fact, if you walk around the Downtown/Third Ward area on a warm summer afternoon, especially on the weekends, chances are you'll see a couple pushing a baby stroller or wearing their kid in a sling or "Snuggli."
But what do you think? Would you raise a kid in a Downtown condo? Or, if you were living in a condo as a single person and a couple with a baby moved in next door, would it be OK?
No. Kids need lots of green space and room to roam, so a condo just isn't big enough for a kid. Plus, there usually aren't very many families in condos, so parents would feel disconnected. Finally, it's not fair for other condo dwellers to have to deal with a baby's crying or little kids in the hallways. In fact, many people pick condos to avoid such situations.
Yes. There are so many more opportunities for kids in the city, including museums, parks, beaches, diversity and more. Also, there are more little ones living in condos these days than people might think, and they usually do not burden neighbors. With all of the Downtown homes and condos going up, it's inevitable that families will take advantage of the great location and often affordable prices that many of them offer. Downtown, after all, is a neighborhood.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
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