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Shoring Up Our Public Anchors
Published on 12/10/2007
This commentary focuses upon the value of public space. A society marked by cultural, racial and religious difference needs to find the common anchors that hold it together. It is our public institutions that serve this very purpose. Public schools, child care centres and libraries comprise the foundations of vital shared space. They provide a place where residents can come together to learn, to play and simply to meet. They act as a neutral place for citizens to discuss, debate and argue the concerns that affect their lives and the quality of their communities.