Thursday, June 5, 2014

Musing on Something Heard on WAMC

This week is the WAMC summer fund drive, and, as anyone familiar with the station knows, regular programming is suspended during a fund drive while members of the staff talk for hours on end about anything and everything they think might inspire people to give. So yesterday afternoon the radio was on, and I wasn't really listening, but I caught the last phrase of a sentence uttered by Selma Kaplan: " . . . in a terrific neighborhood with great schools and a dog park."

Great schools and a dog park? Are these now the hallmarks of quality of life? Is there a reason why the two go together? Does it reveal something about a community's values and priorities or socioeconomic status? Can there be one without the other?

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