Jim and Deb see in Muncie, Indiana an illustration of the gap between the experimentation, freshness, practicality, and progress in many American cities and the faint national-level awareness of those developments or what they might collectively amount to.
Muncie specifically demonstrates several activities worth national notice: a.) a specific local response to a global challenge and b.) a major institutional and civic rearrangement in which a university becomes a prominent civic actor.
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