Finding Community

Where do we make connections in the new world order?

Why I Found My Community in a Starbucks

I was reluctant to support a corporate chain. But in my neighborhood, it’s one of the only places I could have formed a relationship with someone like Sammy.

Facade of Cuties cafe in Los Angeles.

I Found My L.A. Self at an LGBTQ+ Cafe

At a cafe in Los Angeles a transplant finds a new home, one that gives her the strength and support to “lay down her swords.”

How I Plugged In to My City’s Music Scene

Flashband brings D.C.’s hobbyist musicians together for a rollicking concert of short-term bands. Here’s what I learned from my month-long stint.

People look towards a screen.

A Lagos Film Series Recasts a Neighborhood and Shapes a Writer

James Baldwin, Ousmane Sembène, Maya Angelou, and the dynamic discussions they provoke help a young writer find her tribe at a film screening series in Nigeria.

An illustration of an older person with a young woman on a park bench.

The Quest for the Multigenerational City

The lives of the young and the old rarely cross in many American cities. After I moved to Austin, I used a volunteer opportunity as a way to change that.

A Party to Bring the East Houston Community Together

As gentrification brings shifts to the East End of Houston, a new resident hopes to bring the community together with a greet, eat, and meet gathering.

A photo of young people dancing at a Daybreaker event in Washington, D.C.

To Find Community, Wake Up Early and Dance

Radha Agrawal, inventor of Daybreaker early-morning dance parties, wrote a book on how make more friends in an isolating world. I tried to follow her advice.

This Basketball Will Be Your Father

A court in New York City breeds a family of fathers, brothers, and sons, out of people unconnected by blood.

Discovering That Strangers Aren’t All That Strange

Taking a class with a diverse group of Londoners helped me see the city and my neighbors in an altogether different light.