How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life
Social infrastructure is the glue that binds communities together, and it is just as real as the infrastructure for water, power, or communications, although it’s often harder to see.
But Eric Klinenberg says that when we invest in social infrastructures such as libraries, parks, or schools, we reap all kinds of benefits. We become more likely to interact with people around us, and connected to the broader public. If we neglect social infrastructure, we tend to grow more isolated, which can have serious consequences.
The University has been a thing since at least the 12th-century. I took a guided tour with the highlights being all the weird Hogwarts-esque traditions still in effect at the many historic Colleges there. The Tortoise Race is new having been started in 1920.
The school is launching with third- and fourth-graders, but plans to add grades each year until it houses first through eighth grade in 2022.
Students get one other notable benefit: If they successfully complete the school program and graduate from high school, James will cover their full tuition at the local public college, University of Akron.
Lunch at the Shouldice Hernia hospital. Six old white men who never met one another before. All educated. All affluent.
Two of the six believe in all kinds of 9/11 conspiracy theories. They trust some documentary they’ve seen and not the facts.
One of the six contested everything they said. Smart man. I admired him in a way.
I kept quiet. There’s no use arguing with old idiots.
I left as they began blaming Clinton/Obama for the deliberate domestic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers. It was revealing to see the motivation of that documentary. Needless to say, I didn’t remind them that 9/11 was on the G.W. Bush watch.
At the next table was an old educated white guy from California. His research brought him to this hospital believing it was best in the world. Yep, that guy is 100% Trump. He believes everything Trump says. Believes anything contradicting Trump is #FakeNews.
Likely I’m the same. An old white man who’s not going to change my opinion on much for the rest of my years.