Mike McCarthy was one of those rare people these days who took part in the process. He came to City Council meetings and regularly called the HOTLINE program.
Mike spoke out about the issues and knew what was going on despite blindness. He was an advocate for the disabled and a chronicler of fish fries and other events at the Northside Improvement League.
He was a lobbyist for CitiBus and reminded lawmakers not everyone has the means or ability to get around.
Despite challenges, he was involved at a level few are.
This weekend, Mike died at his Francis St. home after a battle with cancer.
He was 47.
He will be missed.