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.— mu✨ (@prinxeMu) July 8, 2018
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.
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?