Belated Resolutions: Supporting Every Community in this City

by Jennifer Harbaugh. 0 Comments

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:

  • Deaf
  • Hearing
  • Non-abled
  • Spiritual
  • Christian
  • Jewish
  • Abled
  • People of Color
  • Senior Citizens
  • Hipsters
  • 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.


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