Our built environment has put vast distances between us. Welcoming public spaces where people can intermingle, as a byproduct of the necessary functions of life, are scarce. A predominant culture of automobile travel results in precious hours of personal time spent alone in a car. And the emergence of the coronavirus in 2020 drove millions to choose physical isolation.
But physical and social separation are not unmitigable features of modern life. If we are to construct resilient neighborhoods, towns, and cities, then it is, in fact, our duty to mitigate them.
The following are ways anyone can overcome the distance between them and nearby strangers, and join with them to do great things.