Despite the problems posed by COVID-19, 2021 was a busy year for the town. Several projects made significant progress during the year, new officials were sworn in and developments in town seemed to be continuous.
The city not only elected a new slate of City Councilors, but it, along with the rest of the commonwealth, shifted out of the state of emergency after COVID-19 vaccinations were deployed throughout the community.
Pittsfield in 2020 addressed social issues such as police reform, inclusivity, and domestic violence, along with a worldwide pandemic.
In June, following weeks of worldwide protests over the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., at the hands of police, Pittsfield began to look at the Police Departmentís use of force policy.
Even as the national conversation was dominated by a new public health crisis, an old, intractable societal ailment, racism, was a major story across the country and the No. 1 topic of conversation in the Village Beautiful.