2021 Yearbook: A Look Into A Year Of Continuous Challenges

With so many challenges this past year and so much unknown as we move to 2022, I want to take this time and space to express my deepest gratitude for all the people who helped us advance our mission to create healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable cities.

We’ve forged new relationships and collaborations, we’ve strengthened and deepened our work with longstanding partners, we’ve even launched brand new programs. We’ve said goodbye to staff members who’ve left a strong legacy, we’ve welcomed new team members with new perspectives, new experiences, and awesome new ideas. Our board and staff team have navigated yet another year of challenges and uncertainty with compassion, empathy, and trust in each other.

I love this work. I love the people I get to work with every day. I love the extended community of advocates and supporters who are both cheering us on and challenging us to do better.

The “8 80” City is not a dream. It is a provocation to the status quo, and a starting point to ignite change. It is a way to look at our cities through the eyes of children and elders, with the goal of creating better cities for all. It is a concept that we hope continues to open hearts and move minds so that we can reimagine and rebuild our streets, our public spaces, and our city-building processes with people at the center. I will always believe the 8 80 City is possible.

We enter a new year bolstered by the strength of our supporters, collaborators, and community champions and motivated by all the things we have been able to accomplish together.

Learn more about our past year’s achievements as an organization in our 2021 Yearbook. We hope you enjoy it!

With gratitude,

Amanda O’Rourke, Executive Director

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