This question posted by Twitter user Mu got thousands of responses, including from urbanists: “What's the most On Brand™️ story you have from your early childhood?”
What's the most On Brand™️ story you have from your early childhood.
Mine is when my mom told me not to touch the electric stove when it was red, because that meant it was hot, so I made direct eye contact with her and slapped my hand down on the stove top.
— mu✨ (@prinxeMu) July 8, 2018
We asked contributors about their early experiences as budding urbanists. Here's what they said:
I combined all of my Lego sets into one regionally planned basement floor complete with road network and rail service. I put the gas sttion and the pirate ship next to each other because those are both LULUs. ��☠️ https://t.co/Usoox3r6mQ
— Tracy Hadden Loh (@busysparrow) July 9, 2018
OK OK, I'll play: I used masking tape to lay out pretend cities on the basement floor. https://t.co/1RnOiApXb2
— Dan Malouff (@beyonddc) July 9, 2018
I have a couple candidates, but the best is probably from my first day of kindergarten. Given the option of being driven to school, I *insisted* on taking the school bus. https://t.co/Zbh53LBFCV
— Matt' Johnson, AICP ��️�� (@Tracktwentynine) July 9, 2018
Joanne Tang recalls walks with her grandmother:
Grandma and I would jaywalk across Fairfax County Parkway all the time, and that’s the story of how I became a consistent (but safe!) jaywalker. Grandma taught me in her own way that sometimes you just have to go for it because the street doesn’t make sense.
Canaan Merchant says,
I was (and am) a big map drawer.
While Nick Finio had a particular affinity for towns and transit in miniature:
My favorite place to go as a child was this bizarre little piece of Pennsylvania weirdness
What about you — do you have any similar stories to share? If you weren't into cities as a kid, what changed later to bring you to where you are now?