Meat world, real life, ‘social infrastucture’…whatever you want to call it, human contact with our neighbors is crucial to mending divided communities, says sociologist Eric Klinenberg, author of Palaces for the People. On this episode, Eric issues a passionate plea for more investment in libraries, public squares and other places where people can quite literally meet on common ground. Jen does her own reporting about the ‘social infrastructure’ that she believes kept her community together through natural disaster: the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach.
Eric Klinenberg’s op-ed: To Restore Civil Society, Start with the Library. Voters approved a tax on San Francisco businesses to help the homeless. Newark wonders if its beat-up downtown can thrive without getting pummeled by gentrification. Is Paul Allen to Seattle what Carnegie was to Pittsburgh? New York City’s water communities, as captured by Jen’s friend, photographer Susannah Ray. Back online, a ‘Magna Carta for the Web’ is the only way to save it, says its inventor.
David Herman, Audio Engineer and Composer
Dan Dzula, Audio Engineer
Thalia Beaty, Producer