Thank you for using my photographs to illustrate this piece, @ggwash.
In a place where the future starts every day, public spaces are everything.
Photo, above, silhouette of a person running, near Howard University.
Below, community vigil in Dupont Circle following the massacre of 49 people at Pulse night club in Orlando. All of the photos I’ve taken in the post-massacre period have been granted to Orange County, Florida’s Regional History Center. See: Just Gifted: 194 Photographs to Orange County Regional History Center’s One Orlando Collection
Once the coronavirus threat recedes, will people feel safe enough being in public space to generate the scale of re-investment, commercial, social and recreational activity that we need for a strong recovery? If we want our cities to come back better, we need to stop thinking about public safety in silos, learn from the successes of the coronavirus response, and put this fundamental public good at the center of urban recovery.