Reopening Public Spaces: Is It a Partisan Issue?

May 10, 2020

This week, we spoke with with Ryan Hagen, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in Sociology at Columbia University who focuses on risk and organizational resilience. He is also the co-director of the New York Covid-19 Oral History, Memory and Narrative Archive at Columbia, a project that is documenting the experiences of a broad swath of New Yorkers in order to understand how the pandemic is unfolding and to help us fight the next public health crisis. While the national discussion over when and how to reopen public spaces may seem like a partisan one, Ryan says that most Americans don’t see it that way. Watch our interview to hear what he had to say.


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This article originally appeared in the May 10, 2020 issue of Wide Angle, our regular newsletter designed, we hope, to inform rather than inflame. Each edition brings you original articles by Common Ground Solutions, a quiz, and published articles — from across the political spectrum — that we think are worth reading. We make a special effort to cover good work being done to bridge political divides, and to offer constructive information on ways our readers can engage in the political process and make a difference on issues that matter to them.

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