Mike Lanza is shown here at his front yard picnic table, surrounded by his family: from left, Marco (7), Leo (2), wife Perla Ni, and Nico (4).
Mike Lanza is author of Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play . He also blogs at Playborhood.com . He's worked hard to create a very rich neighborhood play life for his three boys - ages 7, 4, and 2 - in Menlo Park, California. He's also discovered and written about dozens of neighborhoods throughout North America that are doing innovative things to make a vibrant life for kids. Prior to his writing career, Mike was a five-time software and Internet entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He holds an MA in Education, an MBA, and an MA and BA in Economics, all from Stanford University.