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Newark has citizen clergy: “residents who agree to take classes on public safety and conflict prevention, who are then called in to assist in volatile situations. They helped to ensure that the city’s protests against racism and police brutality remained peaceful” https://www.economist.com/by-invitation/2020/07/06/ras-baraka-on-reforms-to-bring-communities-and-police-closer-together

The Guardian view on Manchester’s new cultural space: from one kind of factory to another | Editorial

“Attempts at regeneration through “landmark” cultural buildings have in the past foundered, but there is every chance that canny Manchester will be successful in running its new Factory. Yet, in the end, a city’s commitment to culture is more to be welcomed as a way of building community, as a repository for shared memories and… Continue reading The Guardian view on Manchester’s new cultural space: from one kind of factory to another | Editorial

How to take Christ out of Christianity

“People very understandably associate religious institutions with very real harm and danger,” Stedman says. “But institutions are also places where people share ideas and where they organize, and heal, and hold each other accountable.” – How to take Christ out of Christianity

The Urban Village

“group clustering (the odds that your friends mutually know one another) does not change with city size. It seems that even in large cities we tend to build tightly knit communities, or ‘villages,’ around ourselves. There is an important difference, though: if in a real village our connections might simply be defined by proximity, in… Continue reading The Urban Village