Without any notice, Americaâ€™s basic community building blocks have dissolved. What Alexis de Tocqueville called the â€śtownshipâ€ť has been replaced. The rhythms that compelled us to understand the people living across town have disappeared. And what is emerging in their place will have a powerful effect on whether we can embrace political compromise and enhance private sector innovation.
Marc Dunkelman is a research fellow at the Taubman Center for Public Policy and a senior fellow at the Clinton Foundation. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, and National Affairs. His book, The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community, is scheduled to be published by W.W. Norton in July.