Updated: Jan 29
In the 38 years since the NDC’s inception, I am sure there have been some odd years—but none as odd, strange, and challenging as 2020. Our work is founded on close collaboration with people. From small business owners to public meetings with hundreds of residents, we’ve relied on face-to-face interaction to gather community voices for many years.
We help our communities dream and shape their visions for a better future. The pandemic has crushed our idea of normalcy and forced us to shift our focus on redefining our lives at work and at home. Impassioned protests and inspiring demonstrations, on the other hand, have brought the lasting legacy of racism and its enduring impact on our communities into sharp light—in Columbus and nationwide.
It’s been a difficult six months. And while we’ve all been in this together, we still have much more work to do together.
In what seems like an endless period of distancing, we are confident that new, creative solutions will emerge. In the cauldron of difficult times, great thinking and unprecedented work are often forged. However, what has become more imperative than ever, is that we must work harder and closer together on problems that have plagued our communities for far longer than the pandemic. At the Neighborhood Design Center we remain committed to serving our mission and our neighborhoods. In partnership with you, we can drive impactful solutions to persistent problems.
Thank you all for sharing in our social media campaign. We hope you have enjoyed the content, have been inspired, and are ready to bring your new dreams and ideas to us. We wish you the best in navigating these challenging times and most importantly, we hope to see your smiles face-to-face in a restored new normal in the near future.
With Strength and Optimism,
Isabela Gould Executive Director The Neighborhood Design Center Columbus, Ohio