A child at NorthPark Center in 1965.

A child at NorthPark Center in 1965.

It’s August, and the summer is fast approaching its finale, at least for those who head back to the classroom in a couple weeks. And while youth is out enjoying the last glimmer of summer freedom, we got to thinking of childhoods today versus childhoods of yesteryear.

It’s a topic we’ve covered before. In fact, every one of our editions this summer featured a story of someone who grew up in Preston Hollow in another generation, when children had ultimate freedom to explore the neighborhood without adult supervision. There were the Forest Lane cruisers in June, the young entrepreneurs in July and our teenage racing machine in August.

Back in 2004 we also looked at childhood freedoms, but under the much darker lens of child abductions. Parents stopped allowing their children unfettered freedoms when kidnappings became national news that triggered shockwaves of fear. But the numbers show that cars are a much bigger threat to young ones, read the whole story here.


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