Shared Prosperity as a theme of the week is one that is most important as we look to the means by which we will help rebuild the communities that we have chosen. While some will look to building new buildings as residences as progress, no matter the consequences; we must look at projects that will help the citizens that currently live in the communities as well as those who will move in later. All of the themes of the weeks in some way speak to this principle, we cannot build communities with a shared culture, that are resilient without thinking of the lessons and concepts that we have seen throughout the readings. For Jonestown specifically, this concept is vital, as we see the culture and local residents move away from areas like lower fells point and canton.
Community engagement is one of the biggest factors in sustainable communities. As our society becomes more isolated socially because of technology, building engaged communities becomes increasingly difficult. Baltimore, however, has a great ingrained “stoop” culture that can be used to help revitalize neighborhoods. Social engagement needs to have some amount of shared concern for the community that they reside in. Cultivating the sense of ownership is truly the difficult part of the equation. As I reflect on Jonestown, my thoughts drift to the lack of local businesses’ and identity that I keep coming back to.