American public space, rebooted: What might it feel like?
May 3, 2020
And the American people returned to the American streets, bit by bit, place by place. And in the spaces they shared, they found a world that appeared much the same but was, in many ways, different — and changing by the day.
And the people were at turns uncertain, fearful, angry, determined. As they looked to their institutions to set the tone, they wondered: What would this new world be like?
The choppy re-engagement of Americans with public life over the past week, with more to come as cries to "reopen the country" grow, means a return to a shared realm where institutions of all types fo...