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The EU's baby blues [...and cars]

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  • Todd Edelman
    The EU s baby blues [...and cars] EU states are trying to understand why the birth rate is falling - and if anything can be done to stem the decline. All this
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      The EU's baby blues [...and cars]

      EU states are trying to understand why the birth rate is falling - and if
      anything can be done to stem the decline. All this week, the BBC News
      website is asking women in various countries how they feel about being
      asked to have more babies, and how easy or difficult it is to combine
      motherhood and work.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4768644.stm

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      Preface: It seems like there is a problem, but of course women should not
      be controlled in any way. But...can carfree communities address this?

      Questions:
      * If people live in dense carfree communities and cities, will that
      encourage families to have more children, since both parents will be able
      to present more (due to proximity of workplaces)?

      * Related to that, if the village is re-created to raise a child (if
      neighbours etc become active supplemental participants in raising kids),
      will people have kids or more kids?

      * Will instinct of taking care of and teaching children be more easily
      satisfied in that "village" as single, childless neighbours become
      childraising participants? (This of course doesnt solve "problem"
      directly).

      * Do men and women avoid creating children because of the danger of being
      killed, harmed or otherwise negatively affected by cars and car-cities?
      (Pollution, collisions, schlepping kids around, schlepping food around by
      car, expense of car limiting available funds, etc)

      - T

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      Todd Edelman
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