It’s said that nature abhors a vacuum. Perhaps human communities do, too. In the absence of federal leadership–in the United States, anyway–to address climate change, maintain infrastructure, protect the environment, deliver public services, provide healthcare for all, invest in sustainable economic development, and address a host of other issues, states and cities are picking up the slack. Moreover, the new localism, as it’s being called, is advancing these causes with an eye to inclusivity and equity that previous local government efforts often lacked.
Our interview this month is with Bruce J. Katz, the co-author (with Jeremy Nowak) of The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism and (with Jennifer Bradley) of The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy. Both books explain why cities and their networks have emerged as the world’s leading problem-solvers.
Katz is also the author of an essay, Envisioning the New Localism, which describes success stories in Salt Lake City, Utah; Louisville, Kentucky; and Copenhagen, Denmark. Ariel Guerrero contributes an essay on How Baltimore is Advancing Racial Equity; and we reprint Karl Widerquist’s essay on My Own Private Basic Income, an equity-advancing concept being pioneered in cities such as Oakland and Stockton, as well as in countries such as Finland and The Netherlands.
We also have poetry by MOON favorites Joe Cottonwood and Laura Grace Weldon; short stories by William J. Watkins, Jr., and Laura Widener; plus Movies You Might’ve Missed (but can watch free online here), and MOON Shine.