Reimagining the Common Good


What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.


The Just

On Politics & Water

A summary of this week’s articles, which center on the lessons to be learned from the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 33

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How Did the Flint Water Crisis Happen?

Nonprofit newsroom ProPublica interviews a local reporter who has covered the story in Flint since 2014.

By Cynthia Gordy | Vol. 33

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No One’s Job: West Virginia’s Forbidden Waters

In characteristically brilliant prose, West Virginia native Jedediah Purdy sheds light on the challenge of protecting the most basic of public goods: water.

By Jedediah Purdy | Vol. 33

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When the Water Turned Brown

The New York Times personalizes the Flint crisis by sharing the stories of families who were aware of problems with the water, but unable to escape its effects.  

By Goodnough, Davey, & Smith | Vol. 33

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