The Boston Schoolyard Initiative started with parents and teachers clamoring for safe places where they could tell kids to "go outside and play," reports the Christian Science Monitor--and as it has evolved, its new motto could be: "Go outside and learn." The city's effort to renovate school sites and add "outdoor classrooms" has become a national model as cities struggle to address both childhood obesity and academic gaps. Like many city schoolyards, Boston's had largely been paved over because old, rotting play structures posed safety hazards. The shortage of open green space for children became so acute that Mayor Thomas...

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