For Kaplan, when comparing two countries and asking why one has succeeded where the other has failed, what matters most is not national policies but “societal dynamics—the strength of the social glue, the nature of relationships across groups, and the role of social institutions.” These are things that manifest (or fail to manifest) at the local level.
They know their neighbors; and their neighbors, after all, are probably their kinsmen too, though it might take a careful genealogist to trace two neighboring streams back to their originating source.
Today, many in our society seem to want change for its own sake. I hope a different spirit continues among those neighbors and the street remains a neighborhood as it was while my family lived there.
Milton Friesen reviews My Vertical Neighbourhood, Linda’s McGibbon’s xperience as a newcomer to a high-rise condo in Toronto. She actively explores what it means to be a neighbour in the third dimension, and challenges us to acknowledge that mutuality matters.
We don’t have to escape to a new and better location with more perfect neighbors. We need to lovingly attend to the ones we have.
Where do the porchers from across the Pond go to escape the entrapment of a modern, concrete, urban sprawl?
It is a cloudless July day in Connecticut—the kind of day that keeps people rooted in this place despite its long winters and high...
What are the compensations on the downhill side of life?
Fortunately America still gives birth to her Framers and they come with every generation.
As the half-savage neighbor in Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” says, “Good fences make good neighbors.”
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