What makes a community thrive? Eric Klinenberg makes compelling arguments for the value of “social infrastructure” – parks, libraries, community centers and other inclusive gathering places as the areas that drive social connectedness, make people happier and prevent loneliness and isolation. He offers up sociological research and case studies to demonstrate how these spaces make neighbourhoods more livable, safe and prosperous by fostering trust and respect between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. This is an enjoyable and informative read for anyone who is interested in making their suburb or city a little friendlier.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)