A little background: My husband and I were raised in more suburban/rural areas, but we both went to college in Boston and lived there a short time after being married before we bought a house in an immediate "suburb" which is very walkable, houses are close to each other, somewhat city-like,but still a suburb. I've often longed to move back into the city and now we may have the chance.
Now that we have two kids under the age of 4, my concern is getting the kids outside. In many ways, people in the city spend more time outside than others because you walk more, etc., but I love my kids to get outside, dig, get messy. I run an outdoor playgroup. We may be able to find an apartment/condo with a small yard, shared or not, but I'm not sure. We only live on .1 acres now, but it's enough for us. After the winter we've had, we've gotten use to less outside time, but once it warms up a bit more we'll be outside all the time.
So- if you're a city parent, how do you get your kids outside? Especially if you don't have a yard? Daunting? Or are you just used to it? Any other issues I should know about or take into consideration when thinking about moving our family into a different environment?