This year, with the help of people across Bristol, we’ve looked at the issues facing our city and amazing things which are being done to make the place we call home better. In this, the 180th blog published in 2021, we look back on what you’ve been reading most.
Topping our blog charts was this piece in February by Christina Gray and Sara Blackmore, the Directors of Public Health for Bristol and South Gloucestershire Councils. Completing the podium were my response the aftermath of the European Championship final in July, and James Freeman’s blog on improving Bristol’s buses. And, in fourth and fifth respectively, my annual State of City speech and my blog on continuing to support and invest in our city centre.
We’ve also put together the highlights of this year’s photos from my Facebook and Instagram pages. I was honoured to be re-elected as Mayor of my home city in May and to win UPenn’s Urban Leadership award earlier in the spring. There was been a great reaction to our Where’s It To high streets campaign, and our investment in local shopping areas, and I’ve loved talking to local traders as part of it. Fellow Bristolians were as excited as me by plans for our underground network, the kind of transformational thinking on transport that Bristol is crying out for. And, ahead of COP26 in Glasgow last month, it was great to see such a warm reaction for our work with Prince Charles and others to help tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergencies.
As we look forward to 2022 (and all the blogs it might bring), we can be thankful that many of the organisations that we’ve highlighted this year will continue to go from strength to strength in supporting their fellow Bristolians throughout the pandemic and beyond. We will continue working with them, as One City, to build a fairer, more inclusive, more sustainable Bristol.