For the last decade, Cleveland’s young professionals have focused on the city’s “rebirth,” our “rebound,” our “boom”. We’ve built towers, won championships, revitalized neighborhoods. For years, it seemed our optimism would never end. Now, in the wake of COVID-19, that optimism has faded away amid empty streets and vacant storefronts.
For many young professionals, this is the first test they’ve faced in public life, whereas others may remember 9/11 or the Great Recession. And, increasingly, we are also seeing that the difficult task of rebuilding will largely fall on our shoulders — as we are the generation that must walk deeper into a troubled century.
Though daunting, we must embrace this challenge, while also asking ourselves what kind of future we hope to create.
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