Coming Together: Neighbors Share Pictures Amid the Pandemic

Park is closed by COVID 19

For sixteen days, we shared photos. Over twenty neighbors posted pictures, and many more showed support. We shared images that remind all of us of our neighborhood’s beauty, even when sheltered in place.

Where were you on 3/17/2020, when the shelter in place started? Bay Area natives will ask each other this question for years to come. That was the day we were ordered to stay at home until 4/7/2020, to halt the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The rest of California soon followed. Some of us had to leave our jobs, others now had to home school their kids, all of us felt uncertainty about the future.

Many of us now had an abundance of free time. With excess time like this, you either fill it with activity or go stir-crazy! For me, this was a time to network, work on projects I’d longed to have time for, and develop my hobbies. And so, six days after the shelter in place started, I began taking and sharing photos from my neighborhood.

Within the neighborhood social media app Nextdoor, these photos made a stir. Neighbors from all over Union City and Fremont shared their own neighborhood photos. That photo-sharing thread was now being filled with beautiful skies ⛅, flowers 🌷, and the occasional neighborhood skunk 🦨.

For sixteen days, we shared photos. Over twenty neighbors posted pictures, and many more showed support. We shared images that remind all of us of our neighborhood’s beauty, even when sheltered in place.

Today is 4/7/2020, the shelter in place order was originally set to lift today. Now the order is set to end on 5/3/2020, or be extended even further. With that in mind, I hope that readers will join my community and many others in finding ways to relate, share, and feel together even as we are kept six feet apart. Any simple acts of sharing and connecting you take can bring your community together.

This story is written in thanks to the neighbors of Union City and Fremont! We came together and made this beautiful gallery of photos during the hard times.

Our Shelter-In-Place Photo Gallery

Please click and scroll through the photos…

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