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I get a sense that business leaders do recognize this. They simply have no idea how to move forward, and thinking about what that looks like is something they are neither capable not interested in doing. My mind is evoking images of corporate classic rock bands as I write this.
We need cultural entrepreneurs to rise up, make big asks for resources, and make a business case for its benefits. Tourism funds can only go so far though. There needs to be more and bigger resources than exist today, but the shape of those should be driven by demand, not by a monolithic declaration of "what this town needs".
We're apparently not supposed to feed the ducks anyhow...
I'm really excited about these ideas and hope to see more engagement in the coming months on this. I really would like to see a revitalized permenant music venue in the park that local bands could use with little effort.
I don't think it holds. The majority of hatred of Spokane among Seattleites comes from former Spokane residents running from their past. San Francisco spends zero time worrying about Seattle with its rain and cute little startup scene. They claim moral superiority over plastic Los Angeles, and secretly wish they could be as cool as NYC.
Back to Seattle, its more like they NEED Spokane to be lame so they can be everything its not. It reminds me of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, where Liberty Paint needed some drops of black to make the whitest white...
Sorry Seattle, I've got news for you: you may need us, but we don't need you... We've got our own.
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