Biz 417: How has COVID-19 disrupted your plans for the Grant Avenue project and daylighting Jordan Valley Creek?
Tim Rosenbury: Everything basically was turned upside down… While I’m certain that what I’m doing remains really important for the future of our community, there is a public health crisis going on, and sometimes I have to remind myself that what I’m doing matters also. It has not been the way anyone planned it, probably, but that’s okay. I’m flexible. I can pivot, and I have. At the same time, council has not said this is less of a priority. It’s just that there’s this greater priority of addressing our community’s health and our economy in a time of crisis.
Biz: How has COVID-19 changed your outlook?
T.R.: COVID-19 has forced me, as an advocate for public space, to slow down a little bit and think about what public space might be in a post-COVID-19 era. The idea of people coming together in tight spaces and being shoulder-to-shoulder. I am hopeful for a time when that’s possible, but I’m also believing that it might not be the norm. I’m also thinking that the handshake may be a thing of the past. And I think about how people interact in public, because that’s really what my job is about is making places for the public stage. This crisis is going to impact that for a long, long time, I think.