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Warner, M.E. and Joseph Rukus. 2013. "Planning for Family-Friendly Communities: Motivators, Barriers, and Benefits." Issue Brief. Ithaca, NY: Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University. 

Research has shown that communities that invest in basic infrastructure and services for families experience greater economic growth. Family friendly planning creates communities that are more livable for all ages. By giving special attention to the needs of families with young children, planners are also creating walkable communities with affordable housing, mixed use development, and services that meet the needs of a broad mix of residents. Such communities are more livable and sustainable as they are able to attract and keep residents over the life course. 

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Subject: Planning