A child-friendly city is an expression commonly employed when describing the model of a city which is just for all of its inhabitants. In this discourse, children are valued as indicators of the quality of life in urban environments and as parameters for city re-planning; moreover, in a sort of self-evident equation, childhood is taken as a synonym of justice. Justice is respected, therefore, when a city is planned and built from the point of view of its children; a city is more just when children’s rights are taken seriously. But on what imaginaries does this idea(l) of a just city rest? What kind of right is the "children’s right to the city?" And, above all, which children are we considering? The present article, written from the perspective of the new sociology of childhood, investigates the concept of spatial justice as an interpretive tool for the recognition and understanding of children’s specific experience within urban space.
Keywords: Children, differences, imaginaries, urban space, play, spatial justice