We are a month into 2014, but I think the belated resolutions I am proposing for the city of Frederick still can be used for the next 11 months.
I asked my friends what they would like to see me write about. There were several good suggestions, which I do intend to write about, but one person threw out a word that caught me off guard.
She responded: “Hipsters.”
I chuckled at first, because at first I thought she meant “hippies” and that she was being sarcastic. But as I learned more about hipsters by exploring the internet, I understood why she asked me to write about this group or community.
A general definition of a hipster is: Hipsters are a subculture of men and women in their 20s and 30s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. (Urban Dictionary)
That sounded like me (minus the indie-rock).
How could I not know this community, when I am part of it? But many people may not know it either because it is a growing community.
So there. I knew I had to write an article about resolutions I have for Frederick, starting with how to recognize every upcoming and growing community and support them.
Picture this: Frederick residents together as one big community. But there also are sub-communities such as neighborhoods, workplaces, and non-profit organizations.
Then, there are sub-sub communities:
- People of Color
- Senior Citizens
- LGBTQ community (Deaf and Hearing)
- Working People
- and so many more.
How many of these communities I mentioned are minorities? How many communities are not mentioned here and are overlooked?
So, today, I declare that one of the resolutions the city of Frederick should focus on our communities:
- Pinpoint what communities we have (new and old)
- Recognize all communities by dedicating one week of the year as “The Community Week”
- Establish a liaison program between the city and each of the communities
- Support the communities’ businesses, workplaces, and neighborhoods
This proposed resolution focusing on our communities is a good place to start. But the new year is rich with other possibilities, as well.