When was the last time America built a public boardwalk or Pier? These landmarks are gathering spaces for all citizens - those who trumpet Diversity - but miss the importance of 'placemaking' which allows all citizens, socioeconomic and race to gather effortlessly together.
Parks, Piers, town squares -- THE COMMONS -- are infrastructure which is more important to the American Culture than freeways and bridges and even high speed internet.
America is self-segregating not by race, but by socioeconomic measures into gated communities of haves and have nots. We don't build commons anymore. Suburban Malls and Strip Malls are NOT COMMONS.
The Infrastructure Bill may have $$$ set aside for commons, but somehow I think it doesn't?