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13 Oct, 7 tweets, 2 min read
1) I live in New York. Lots of folks who live here are from somewhere else, be it a different part of America or a different country. I don't think it's a coincidence that the immigrants tend to feel more attached to the city than the transplants.
The immigrants have family members and broader communities to tap into.

The transplants, operating on the American model of work, home, and no third place, very often feel isolated. I know people who left New York, citing how hard it was to meet people.
But it's a broader challenge than the city. It shouldn't surprise anyone that there's a lot of hero worship, including of mundane things like the MCU, dopes like Joe Rogan, or disturbing politicians like Donald Trump.

Hero worship brings you *community.*
Americans are starved for community. Listen to McDonalds or Starbucks talk about how they think about their storefronts as the place in American life where people aren't working or at home.

A place you have to pay to have some semblance of community.
2) So much of American politics comes back to zoning.

Imagine what our politics would be like if most people lived in walkable neighborhoods with community centers.
Would people have stronger relationships? Would they feel more fulfilled? Would they be more trusting in their worldview?

I can't prove it for a policy case, but as someone who fell into Jewish communal life my politics became a lot less extreme when I found my community.

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