When I was in high school, my favorite teacher was a 6’5″ bald man who went by the nontraditional title of Johnson the Tall. He annually attended the Conference of the Parties starting in 2009, spent most of his winter weekends racing sled dogs in the boundary waters, and wore some of the most competitively intricate Norwegian sweaters that I have seen to date. It was easy to look up to him for more than one reason but more than anything I respected him for his love of the environment and for the one phrase he repeated over and over again. In class he’d pass around public meeting notices for development projects in our community or event calendars for advocacy groups and each time he ended with “remember, the world is not run by the smartest, the most experienced, or the most creative people. The world is run by those who show up.”
Many years have passed since I first heard those words and I still try to live by that sentence. I try to put it at the forefront of my mind, especially when choosing where to spend my time and hard earned dollars. Here’s where I turn to you, reader. You’ve showed up, you’ve clicked the page, and you’ve continued to follow streets.mn. You may have a favorite writer whom you follow religiously or you may have fallen down a clickbait rabbithole and poked around a bit. Either way, we truly couldn’t do it without you and we thank you for sticking with us for the last five years.
You know where else you showed up? At our annual fundraiser last Thursday. Over 50 (!!) of you came to hear the ~dreamy~ Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck give a “state of the metro” while eating delicious Costco food, and enjoying the beautiful (blood spattered?) artwork in the Towers Condos Party Room. You even drank two cases worth of Bang Brewing beer, which is probably a record to someone, somewhere.
In total, the event raised over $1,400, and for our humble blog, this means we can accomplish some of those goals we keep talking about like: keeping the servers running (important!), funding a site redesign, and maybe even hiring a full time editor. Once again, thank you. You saw the posts, you donated your time and funds, and you made it happen. The world is run by those who show up, so from what I saw last Thursday, Minneapolis and the region are in safe hands.