Just after the Pledge of Allegiance, the club’s past president, Linda Edelstein, walked to the podium and, at my request, asked her fellow members the following question: “Do you think there are more differences or similarities among people who live in cities, in suburbs, and in rural areas?” In this age of discord, it is one of the key questions before the country. As protest politics, Twitterized incivility, and 24-hour televised bickering tug at the fabric of the nation, the straining seams are to be found here, between the urban, suburban, and rural areas where Americans live day to day. Along these lines, the ongoing shifts in the country’s demographic plates—with a population growing more numerous, diverse, and older—are playing out in different ways.
“When I think about resilience at the community level,” Lourdes Rodriguez says, “I think about communities that understand that the conditions creating adversity are bigger than an individual.” In physics, resilience is an object’s ability to bounce back into its original form after sustaining a shock. In communities, it means something much more. Wendy Ellis, project director of the Building Community Resilience(BCR) collaborative at… Read more »