an article in National Civic Review by Tyler Norris
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Norris looks at the scope and successes of the community renewal trend. He notes that itís a local phenomenon of the social movement variety, not political salvationism. He bemoans the reactive stance taken by the criminal justice system and the medical community. The former stands by while crime-breeding social dysfunction prevails, but once the criminality begins, jumps on offenders and jails them, with an ultimate cost far greater than preventative measures would have been.
Similarly, relatively little preventative medicine is practiced, but when the results of this neglect come later, the costs are staggering. He advocates proactivity, not reactivity. He also bewails the practice of throwaway elders, whose wisdom, experience and mentoring ability are needed for the next generation. This loss of human capital is a serious detriment to the community.
He disdains the fact that the many community renewal successes are now well known, and are not often used as they should be as examples to emulate.