[URBANTH-L]Is Diversity Bad for Cities? (Linda Dwyer)

jay sokolovsky jsokolov at stpt.usf.edu
Sat Aug 11 23:10:36 EDT 2007

I have seen the word class  mentioned in previous emails.  But one thing 
that has not is the period under examination  is marked by the most 
rapid and sustained period of growing inequality in our nation's history 
- with the tax shift of  wealth to the very top elites, this has drawn 
money away from local communities which in  the past have had resource 
to build highly successful public instititutions, such as schools, which 
became the  core of  civic engagement.

Jay Sokolovsky

Angela Jancius wrote:

> From: Linda Dwyer <Lindwyer5 at aol.com>
> Perhaps there is even more fundamental questions at play:
> What is the relationship between place and community in the 21st century?
> *Do political boundaries (such as town or city) define communities, or 
> are there overlapping communities that might be defined 
> functionally...including deterritorialized "communities" connected 
> through new technologies of communication?
> In other words, are we attempting to define and understand current 
> relationships through a nineteenth century definition of that 
> fundamental relationship?
> Finally, where does social capital manifest itself today?  Are there 
> other forms of social capital than the face-to-face relationships of 
> yore?
> Diversity today is itself a result of global flows of people, capital, 
> and communication. One might therefore wish to investigate shifts in 
> the nature of social interactions, the construction of social 
> networks, their power and meaning.
> Linda Dwyer
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