The horrific death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, reminds us once again that “We are NOT in this together.” The pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color has already exposed the fallacy that we are. To move forward in creating healthy and connected communities in which everyone can thrive, we must espouse three values:
- Coming together–from federal, state, and local governments to public safety officials, educators, health providers, businesses, faith leaders, city planners, designers, and citizen advocates–to denounce racism, injustice, and marginalization in all forms
- Eliminating disparities related to health, income, education, death, and incarceration
- Investing in relationship-building and dialogues
“Landscapes of Hope” features stories of communities through buildings and places in Minneapolis, elaborating on how the design of the built environment can pave the way for social and racial justice, equality, freedom, and global citizenship. See Resources for how to work toward social and racial justice.