The charge used to be “stay home” to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Nowadays, it’s “don’t give up yet.” The COVID-19 vaccine is here. 

A year ago, City Paper asked 14 Washingtonians how they were feeling. How did they balance hope and survival once the pandemic forced the District to shut down? All week, we’ll be checking in on some of them to learn how they got by this year. We’ve also asked them to send a few photos that sum up this year. 

Readers, City Paper is asking that you send us a photo or two that encapsulates the last year for you, and briefly explain why. We’ll share those images in Friday’s newsletter.