OAPA Book Group – Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

APA Oregon Chapter


Wednesday, July 31, 2019
noon - 1 p.m. PDT

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In Palaces for the People, an eminent sociologist and bestselling author offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society. Eric Klinenberg suggests that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, bookstores, churches, synagogues, and parks where crucial, sometimes life-saving connections, are formed. These are places where people gather and linger, making friends across group lines and strengthening the entire community. Klinenberg calls this the “social infrastructure”: When it is strong, neighborhoods flourish; when it is neglected, as it has been in recent years, families and individuals must fend for themselves.    Richly reported, elegantly written, and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People urges us to acknowledge the crucial role these spaces play in civic life. Our social infrastructure could be the key to bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides—and safeguarding democracy.

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Laura Buhl, AICP

Laura Buhl is a land use and transportation planner for the State of Oregon's Transportation and Growth Management Program. She manages the program's code assistance service, which helps communities throughout the state update their regulations to promote vibrant, livable communities through efficient land use and multi-modal transportation. Previously ... Read More

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Stephanie Kennedy, oapa@oregonapa.org