The Endowment of “The Good” contains realms of activities that are expressed through philanthropy, religion, and non-profits. These realms generate the value of ethical and civic virtue as cities need strong social bonds and commitments capable of bridging ideological, cultural, and ethnic differences. The endowment of the Good captures the vitality of a city by assessing levels social trust, empathy, and solidarity.
This endowment constitutes the number of civic-minded organizations (churches and soup kitchens), volunteer hours, levels of social trust, and geographical proximity and overlap of different populations. Equally important for this endowment is a certain type of space(s) in a city that allows for the creation of different relationships, such as city sports leagues and public spaces. The contextual realities that constrain and enable this endowment within a city can include demographic trends, decline of traditional institutions, forms of individualism, legacies of racial distrust, and increasing diversity.
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