Community emerged as a key theme in the poll. Many responses pointed to the centrality of a strong and unified community in creating change:
A unified community is seen as the key to unlocking Greensboro’s future:
I hope we can hold on to our integrity as a community and work together to keep Greensboro original and also support our neighbors. I would like to see the story that will go into Greensboro's history one of love and support in response to these trying times.
For us to expand and work together to make our city beautiful and have people come together and help one another
I'd love to see places where residents of all backgrounds, life experiences, and beliefs can gather to further dialogue, understanding and appreciation of all. I'd like our city leaders to be more responsive to citizens. It seems they are not responsive to nor listen to concerns from residents on a variety of issues that affect our daily lives, ability to thrive, and just our happiness.
"I believe having more diversity and more events for other cultures would help expand the community of Greensboro. Having the community of Greensboro together can create more peace and help us expand more. I would like to see in the future, more sustainability, better community, less poverty, helping out the homeless and creating more businesses."
There is hope that Greensboro can be model for a diverse and equal community:
I want Greensboro to be a model for NC and the nation of what a fair and equitable society can accomplish.
I concur with many of the voices that have already shared: let's make Greensboro, and actually, the Triad, a role model for our nation, in terms of creating a thriving, sustaining, joyful community that truly includes, supports, and sees value in ALL the peoples who live here, irregardless of socioeconomic status, level of education, job title, etc. To that end, let's continue to gather and share stories, including from those who are so often "invisible." A big piece around this is developing a true circle of TRUST as a community.
I want Greensboro to show the world that community efforts can have a bigger impact with better results than anyone could have imagined. I want Greensboro to be known as a community of people who care, and even causing a ripple effect across the world, sharing the ways in which we rose to the occasion, the ways in which we failed, and the ways in which we succeeded. I want our community to be honest, and show humility when necessary. I want our community to be humble and welcoming. I want our community to come together and overcome the challenges that we face.
But there is a sense that there is work to do to claim this vision of unity:
What I love about Greensboro is our diversity, diversity of ppl, of religions, of languages, of entertainment, of race, of gender, of education, and on and on. However, sometimes that diversity can and does cause angst, and anger, and fear, and hatred, and division and on and on.
My Dream , desire and hope is we as individuals and community remove the layered "Masks" and see with our Spirit eyes as we unite with the wisdom and rich history of our founders that came before us. We remember we create our realities in each thought, emotion, deed and action or non action. Let's create with limitless possibilities and impeccability from a balanced heart for the highest and best of people, place, community and our environment! And So IT IS,
I want to see Greensboro become a place that is not afraid of all of our truths, not just the ones that make us look good. We have to be willing to look into our history, acknowledge and listen to the many voices whose realties have not aligned, and truly make room for the diverse stories, skills, cultures, approaches, dialects, and dreams. I would also like to see diversity in economic resourcing and opportunities. East Greensboro needs more support than it's received, and the disparity traces back a long time. I'd love to see our city rally around the disadvantaged, the talented and under-resourced, and do something about it together.
There is also readiness for action:
No one can transform a community alone. It takes a village. We need more people to get involved in our community. After a decade of constant traveling, I've realized that it's not about the place in which you live, it's about the people who live in that place. If we live in the same place, it only makes sense to come together, and learn to love the people you live with more than just caring about where you happen to live.
Greensboro is a great place. I would love for us to continue loving each other and seeking ways we are the same and can be united, rather than on how we are different. I would love for us to be kind, supportive, energetic, and focused on the future.
I want our community to grow together, both socially and economically. Our community needs to bring all people to the table and everyone at that table be open and honest and true to working together to reach our goals - together. We need to listen to each other and be open to all opinions and thoughts. We need the black community to teach those of us who want to learn how we can improve. I have never been racist but I know I can improve.