I’m impressed by local influences. I think it was in due time that the economy needed a resurgence of local economy. When everything’s started to become uniform because of uniform globalization by corporations, you lose ingenuity and creativity through standardization. A lot of big words, yeah, but everyone starts from somewhere. Living in Austin for three years, you start to acknowledge the culture it organically inhabits. Local coffee roasters and shops, butchers, chefs, bicycle shops and entrepreneurs are all greatly supported by the citizens of the city.
This was all conjured up just from sitting in a local butcher shop, which is also a sandwich place but also built in its very own coffee shop with a local brand starting its first local standalone shop. Humble beginnings.
You can see that there’s a great divide in the city between honoring what the city is and also the modernization of it as well. The staple of South Congress and South Lamar are soon to have condo buildings and concrete plazas of renovated Austin staples to better serve a growing population of people. It’s exciting to see because it causes a new energy but it also changed the landscape of the city. Just like people talk about New York and Brooklyn not being what it once was, it’s the gentrification of modern cities. It boosts economies but landmarks then become historical versus just being something that IS the city.
Sometimes I wish I inherited a craft or learned one at a young age. People who are just great at what they do are inspiring. But I guess the same goes for people who work hard to get where they are. If you do both, that’s just a super hero power that all people should strive to have.
So moral of this story: Buying local equals super hero powers. Haha, what?
Off to the bike shop next door now.