In North America there is a prevailing line of thinking that the best place to raise children is in suburbia. Jason Slaughter (Not Just Bikes) discusses why his family won’t raise their kids in suburbs and why they moved to The Netherlands, which boasts the world’s happiest kids.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.