A friend of mine says, “There is no bad weather, just bad clothing.” We put that maxim to the test at our National Night Out block party last night.
The day before this, the mercury broke 100 fahrenheit in Minneapolis for the first time in 11 years. By the time of our block party yesterday, the temperature had dropped twenty degrees and brought a steady light rain.
While the neighbors gathered, the rain strengthened until we were standing underneath umbrellas eating waterlogged pasta salad and soggy burgers. (Check out the water standing in the street!) For Minnesotans preternaturally inclined to complain about the weather, we had a great time and stuck it out for at least a couple hours.
In that time I met some new neighbors, including a couple that are restoring their bungalow a few houses up the block. We talked a bit about windows and paint stripping before settling in to discussing the keg of home brew they brought for the party.
A recent study at the Brookings Institution concludes that middle-class urban neighborhoods are disappearing from cities in favor of segregated pockets of wealth and poverty. We live in one of the shrinking number of middle-class urban neighborhoods that has maintained economic and racial diversity. I hope the dedicated spirit that brought our neighbors out to celebrate together in the middle of a rain storm will sustain this neighborhood amid growing urban housing segregation.