They don't make developments like they used to. I grew up in Edgewood, in Harford Square. Although the area has gotten worse (with gang activity and all) it was a great place to grow up. I had a bunch of friends in my court, we had woods and fields to play in... it was great.
Nowdays, with new developments, houses are put into any available space. Flag lots make sure that every possible space is taken. There are no fields for kids to play baseball, tag, chase butterflies (with sticks), play "guns", play rundown, and all the other activities that we did as kids. The only place my little brother had to play (we moved while he was young) was the woods... and the only reason that they were there was because they were protected (wwetlands).... Developers build as many houses as they can. They could care less about the kids.
And, so, here we are, with kids who stay inside playing video games all the time. Newspapers, magazines, TV stations always are talking about how kids are obese and don't get excersize. But, where are they to play? They get sent out, into their little 10x12 backyard, where they kick a ball against the house until they get yelled at. So, what do they have left to do? Play video games.
They don't make neighborhoods like they used to....