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This is on us

By June 4, 2020Headlines
A message on boarded-up storefronts

This photo was taken one block from the Planning NEXT office and is part of nearly 15 blocks of boarded-up storefronts.


We join so many others in our community in heartbreak and frustration about the events of the last week, and, perhaps more importantly, over the injustices that have transpired for generations. On Sunday, we heard from Jordan Davis (Columbus Partnership) and John Lowe (Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams) about an effort to support a Columbus City Council resolution naming Racism a Public Health Emergency. We joined over 1,200 business, non-profit and institutional leaders in central Ohio in signing the powerful letter of support.

We know well the deep and damaging effects of inequity and racism through our community work in places like Montgomery, AL, Washington, DC, Dayton, OH and virtually every community where we work. What we do is not enough, and we will continue to work diligently and passionately to ensure the voices the black community are clearly heard and their needs are thoughtfully addressed.

Wherever you live, wherever you call home, we hope you will join in naming the injustice and work to make communities better for everyone. This is on us.