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Want to Survive Climate Change? You’ll Need a Good Community

In the summer of 1995, a blistering heat wave settled over Chicago for three days. It killed 739 people, making it one of the most unexpectedly lethal disasters in modern American history.

Throughout the city, the variable that best explained the pattern of mortality during the Chicago heat wave was what people in my discipline call social infrastructure. Places with active commercial corridors, a variety of public spaces, local institutions, decent sidewalks, and community organizations fared well in the disaster. More socially barren places did not. Turns out neighborhood conditions that isolate people from each other on a good day can, on a really bad day, become lethal.

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  1. ‘Socially barren places’. They sound like places where the private / virtual world has triumphed over the real thing. The real thing might entail doing something not quite to our taste, with people who are not quite ‘one of us’. It could be as simple as choosing the car with its personal space rather than the bus and breathing the same air as other people. Yes, I have heard the ‘shared air’ issue given as a reason for not using public transport! Why would anyone feel supportive of or responsible for someone they don’t know? An i-pad screen will not respond to your needs. A real person might.

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