The story of Jackson’s water infrastructure crisis has garnered much national attention recently. However, the problems the city faces are not novel nor distinctly Southern. This is not a story of municipal mismanagement. This is a story of philosophical disinvestment and neglect of a place and its people over many decades. This is a chapter in a national story of misguided individualism, suburban capitalism run amok, and the loss of a greater idea of community.
Jackson, Mississippi, is a bellwether for more than neglected infrastructure. It is true we have a failing water system, and like many cities, aging infrastructure in general. A dwindling
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