For all of us in the Duke City, these past weeks have changed our lives in ways we will never forget. Like me, it may even be hard to recall what daily life was like just days ago. In this short time, we have come to recognize so much that we had previously taken for granted. Shaking someone’s hand, kids and teachers filling our schools, hugging an ill loved one, gathering with friends at a local restaurant or cheering on our favorite teams at the stadium.
A slice of this hit home the other day as my young children jumped with joy as they saw trash trucks rolling down our street after having been cooped up at home. As a parent, this small moment nearly brought tears to my eyes. As your mayor, it was a potent reminder of just how much “keeping a city running” matters.
I know all of us are filled with some combination of anxiety, concern, and in some cases, fear or anger given all that we are going through. This challenge we face is serious and will test our strength. But with respect for all, and faith in each other, we will power through these difficult times and come out the other side stronger and even more resilient than we already are.
As this crisis unfolded, we have been faced with tough but necessary decisions about how to best support our residents and local businesses. There will be more difficult choices in the weeks and months ahead.