New York City today begins phase one of the re-opening after three months of stay at home orders. It will be a slow process with only a few people going back to work and very limited businesses starting up again. We are eager to get moving but it will be tense judging how mass transit works in the new normal and how New Yorkers will handle it. While it was a mass action, so many lives were disparately impacted so we will have to see how it all shakes out. Still, a step forward.
Amazingly the protests over the death of George Floyd, historic police violence, and systemic racism has gotten more peaceful and more widespread over time. Too often in the past this type of thing has devolved into chaos and violence and burnt itself out. While my health issues have kept me limited, the one protest I enthusiastically attended was peaceful and impactful. Let’s keep it up. There is finally an opportunity to make a difference like never before.
The triple whammy of coronavirus, economic shock, and earth-shattering protests have made 2020 a year to remember. And we’re only less than halfway through. Buckle your seatbelts, it will be a bumpy ride.