a Photo Essay by Tyler Jefferson Phase 1 Phase 1 (Late March): With the rise of COVID-19 cases, restrictions were put in place to reduce the spread. Masks were required, and Philadelphia residents were placed under a citywide curfew. Only essential businesses could operate. Colleges and universities were forced to hold classes online. The city became a desolate landscape. Phase 2 Phase 2 (Late May – June): In response to the brutal killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police, the country erupted in protests. There was a nation-wide uprising to fight against police brutality. Phase 3 Phase 3 (Mid-June): When we seemed to “flatten the curve” with COVID-19, Philadelphia residents emerged to a city operating under a new world order. Although masks were still required, businesses were allowed to open back up. People could dine-in at restaurants, but had to remain 6 feet apart and social distance. Phase 4 Phase 4: (Late Oct- Nov) The killing of Walter Wallace Jr. in West Philadelphia marked another African-American killed by police. Wallace’s murder resulted in more protests, and uprisings. At the same time, one of the most anticipated Presidential elections happened. The protests over Wallace’s death gave way to people also demanding fair and just elections. It all seemed to come around full circle, when residents were able to join together to celebrate a victory.