Starting a newsroom in 2021 is foolish. Anyone with access to basic graphs can tell you that. Starting one with four people, almost no capital, and a handful of social media accounts totaling zero followers? Just nutty, wackjob behavior.
Yet that's exactly what we did, and thanks to readers like you, it seems to be... working? After learning the City Pages social accounts were not for sale, we realized it'd be tough sledding at the onset. But, as you'll recall, we're fools—so we started shoveling premium coal into the content engines right away, complete lack of an audience be damned.
Here's a lil recap of our sweaty void-shouting days. Thanks for being a part of our growing readership.
POLL: Who Will Racket Disappoint First? (Aug. 18)
Keith defused any tensions right outta the gate. Tell us, St. Paulites, density bros, and PR pros: How bad we doing?
Our first big story! At the risk of tempting god's wrath ahead of Christmas by channeling a deadly sin: I'm proud of this wacky, ambitious summertime slice-of-life from inside Minneapolis's most hotly debated neighborhood.
A Sunken Luxury Houseboat Was Resurrected Into This One-of-a-Kind Floating Music Studio (Aug. 20)
James Napoli told the delightful story of a Richfield couple rehabbing a dilapidated, 65-foot-long, 3,300-square-foot luxury vessel into a one-of-a-kind floating recording and performance space with an altruistic mission.
I wrote 3,000 words about a gross hot dog you can't get anymore. Or, did I write 3,000 about the power of nostalgia, the history of local baseball, and how seemingly trivial ephemera can contain multitudes? You decide!
How 6 Black Artists Found Joy in the Summer of 2021 (Sept. 1)
Devohn Bland beautifully profiled six local artists, with a focus on staying inspired and creative in tense times, and imagining how the Twin Cities can change. A nice reprieve from the gauntlet of dread that passed for news consumption in 2021.
The Minneapolis Establishment Strikes Back (Oct. 20)
A progressive coalition seemed poised to remake politics in Minneapolis, writes Logan Carroll. Has the downtown establishment they challenged found a way to regain control? A comprehensive rundown of the biz-friendly, center-left Minneapolis players who refuse to hand over political power.