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What makes a good city? How do we get there?

Social Cities recognizes that our urban lives are a significant context for the demise or generation of civil society. The nature of human relationships, ranging from the individual to the largest social structures of contemporary culture, constitutes the life of our cities.

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The Lab

Social and institutional resources to give our cities meaning.


How can we do good together?

Social Capital

How do social connections impact quality of life in cities?


How can we balance freedom and responsibility today?

Case Studies

Who are the organizational pioneers of our time?

City Soul

Why are religious communities so vital to our cities?


Churches Give Great Community Value, Studies Show

The Prince George Citizen cites Cardus' Halo Project in its look at the value of religious congre...

Navigating Social Capital Scholarship

Academic interest in social capital is robust, extensive, and growing. It ranges across dozens of...

Religious Communities are Part of a Healthy Society

Cardus Social Cities Program Director Milton Friesen shares his thought experiment via the Winnip...

Religion is Important to a Healthy Society

Milton Friesen, Program Director of Social Cities at Cardus, writes in the Times Colonist on the ...

Make City Travel Much More ‘Sociable’

Milton Friesen, Program Director of Cardus Social Cities, writes in the Toronto Star that "we nee...