Hard to believe, but May 15 marks the 15th anniversary of Uptown Update.
Uptown Update was conceived as a community resource, hoping to centralize news of things happening in Uptown, both good and bad. There was a lot of bad in those days, and as we wrote, our goal was to make our neighborhood a better place to live.
We also promised to use a little sarcasm, and we continue to use a little jab or two today. Sometimes that earns us a smile, and sometimes it pisses people off. If you're one of the people continually pissed off at us, sorry for tormenting you for 15 years. :)
The team has changed over a decade and a half and contributors have come and gone. Some who were active in the beginning only participate via our very active channel on Slack. New members have come in periodically "Skull and Bones" style, first receiving an email from our anonymous inbox (uptownupdate at hotmail dot com), followed by an invitation to meet in person with a member of our team. We approach contributors selectively, so anyone who receives an invitation demonstrated through actions and words that they were invested in making Uptown the best neighborhood it can be.
To celebrate our Crystal Anniversary, we will be running a year long retrospective, taking Uptowners through a tour of the past 15 years. Highlights (or lowlights) from every year will run on our Facebook front page. Some of what we repost will shock newer residents.
The Uptown we have today is the product of many people fighting together to make Uptown safe, clean, populous and beautiful for all residents. We believe everyone in Uptown deserves this, regardless of who you know or where you live in this big community. Everyone here at the newsdesk remains committed to the mission. We look forward to the next 15 years!