The Kresge Foundation
Rebuild + University Of Chicago
City of Philadelphia
Our civic assets were once the pride of our communities. Our libraries, parks, community centers, and schoolyards served rich and poor alike as neutral ground where common purpose was nurtured. But as communities became segmented by income, technology advanced and needs changed, support for civic assets declined. Americans spend less time together in social settings, trust each other less and interact less with people whose life experiences are different.
Social interaction among people of different backgrounds, ages, incomes and interests is central to expanding economic opportunity.