Join the Strand for a discussion on the power of public spaces - places like Union Square Park and beyond! Join Sociologist and Author Eric Klineberg as he discusses his new book, Palaces for the People, about how the future of democratic societies rests in our communal areas.
Klinenberg travels around the globe—from a floating school in Bangladesh to an arts incubator in Chicago, from a soccer pitch in Queens to an evangelical church in Houston—to show how social infrastructure is helping to solve some of our most pressing challenges: isolation, crime, education, addiction, political polarization, and even climate change.
Richly reported, elegantly written, and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People urges us to acknowledge the crucial role public spaces play in civic life. Our social infrastructure could be the key to bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides—and safeguarding democracy.