Shunning tribalism and embracing community will help cities like Jackson emerge from the crises that have come to define them

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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