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I liken his tactics to child ABUSE.
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Thanks Free. TRAIN!
It seems to me we have a real 'us and them' problem here in VCT. Have alots vs. Have alot less-ers...I got mine, go get your own. Race, class and heritage all components.
We have so few middle-rs!
The perceived good-ol'-boy, back scratchin' crowd is highly suspect to the frustrated/bored, same as it ever was crowd.When all the same people are on all the boards and only network with each other, little things like the parking at Pump House take on more attention and suspicion. I truly believe many of the "Have Alot-ers have good hearts and intentions but are perhaps blind to the effect these kind of practices have on other people with business hopes and dreams but few or no 'connections'.
However, when 8% of the qualified voters bother to get out for local elections, we get what we deserve, I suppose.
As a transplant, I can't tell you how many times I've been told 'so and so could buy you 3 times over' and the ever popular "More millionaires per capita back in the 80's" story. Too bad we can't market that as our brand! My uncle in Dallas told me the per capita bit before we even moved here! It's already widely known!
The sad fact is, none of these attitudes will foster the oh so important feeling of "We're in this together" and visitors can smell the disconnect a mile away.
D_Pridgen~Thanks for the additional info! Obviously a very strong "Rose" connection here, once upon a time at least. Here we go: There is "The Nightingale and The Rose" ballet, I'm sure there are "Rose" themed pieces for symphony..."The Rose" for a theater production. Again, only one concept. But a conceptt with a valid, historical connection AND historical landmarks to support it.That's probably enough from me though. I truly wish to be constructive rather than critical. There's already enough of that to go around~
hahaha, it was actually MY 10 year old so I'll still say Thanks!
El69~Ribaldry! Sounds great!
N45BA~Also the Pit-Bull Club walking in the parade with muzzled pits on tow-chain leads.
Thanks Kitty Cat~ My ten-year-old just commented, "We could have Rose Stitched boots!"
A true "brand" is naturally connected to the city; the SA Alamo, Cuero Gobblers...So much of Victoria's history has been torn down, destroyed or just eliminated. A great example is the oft mentioned Armadillo Fest. I understand it was a grass-root developed event, fun, diverse and very successful. What if WE had been Keeping Victoria Armored all these years? How big would that event be by now?
Rosebud Park, Rosebud Grill, The Rose Garden, Santa Rosa once planted with roses it's entire length.With minimal research and NO money spent, I discovered Victoria was once known as "The City Of Roses". Beautiful (and fragrant!) roses planted around the square, a Rose Show, Herb Fest, Rose Queen... can you imagine it?Rose people travel everywhere to see beautiful roses. Even people who don't garden appreciate roses.This is simply one example of a potential 'brand' that has a real historical connection.
Another obvious potential brand is our fantastic access to the Arts; Bach, Ballet, Theater and Symphony.A city of Arts and Roses. Who wouldn't want to come? Boots, Ballys or Barefoot ?
The 'Boots' just feel so contrived. And imposed.This is not a personal criticism of Bridget, however, how much research DID she do into the obvious, historical Victoria past?Our 'brand' should be a true identity the COMMUNITY recognizes as valid, feels proud of and connected to.
Besides, as long as we really only want them to "Bring Their Wallets", we're way off center.