Rewind the clock a hundred years.
There were fewer cars, work was in walking distance, and people knew their neighbors. The community was vibrant and tangible, not just a political slogan, and people played a real role in shaping the areas they lived.
Fast forward to the present.
We still live in communities, but we are much less involved. Voter turnout on the local level is at an all-time low, and essentially nonexistent among younger folks. Technology connects us to people all over the world, yet we barely talk to those we vote with.