issue 2: neighbors

My Scrappy Neighbors

How to organize in spite of the ‘carnage’   From Donald Trump’s inauguration address, you’d think that the United States was a post-apocalyptic hell-hole, a battle zone of broken homes and communities, the detritus of an economic explosion. And you might start to think that it is all “carnage” and “pain” if you spend time in […]

issue 2: neighbors

Our New Neighbors

Refugees in Columbus, Ohio seek community amidst uncertainty   When a neighbor called to tell him that a suspicious car had been seen driving slowly in front of his house, Sam knew that it was time to leave Baghdad. About two weeks earlier, as he’d been preparing coffee just after opening his office for the day, […]

issue 2: neighbors

Of Votes and Neighbors

My neighbor voted for Trump, and I still like him   Morning sunlight streams into Sven Bondeson’s cheery yellow kitchen, and he sprawls comfortably in his chair, nursing a cup of strong, black coffee. Outside, the temperature has barely risen above zero. Tall snowbanks crowd the house, and his young herding dog perches on one, peering […]

issue 2: neighbors

These Were My Neighbors

A writer looks for hope in her struggling homeland   Fayette County, Pennsylvania, homeowners pay for insurance against “mine subsidence.” That’s the real estate term for what happens when collapsing mine tunnels beneath a property change the level of the earth’s surface. As the ceilings of abandoned underground mining operations gradually cave in, homes built on […]