Author: Patricia Feager, 2/7/2018
While meeting up with other AR Bloggers and Agents from across the country this past Monday, I met a CRS, GRI lady from Austin named Carrie Weikert from Coldwell Banker. Although, I wasn't in direct conversation with her, I overheard part of the conversation and what she said got my attention! You see, to many people who aren't from Carrie's city, Austin is often referred to as weird, as in the phrase, "Keep Austin Weird!" Although I don't know how the conversation started or what the exact words were used, my immediate reaction was she took offense, and rightfully so. To stigmatize a city or any human being is to be described as a "disgrace," a dirty word,"of great disapproval." Subsequently, during the last 48 hours, all I've been thinking about was that phrase that so many people have come to know and use as a tag-line to the beautiful city of Austin.
As a society, people grow up and things go out of fashion. Is it time to stop assuming that everyone is okay with words that cause stigmatization? How do we overcome the hurtful legacy of calling a city like Austin, weird? Why not, "Keep Austin Beautiful?" Furthermore, why should there be this expectation "To keep Austin weird?" Just because something may have been acceptable at one point in history, such as when Austin started getting labeled in the 1960's as being weird, does it have to stay that way forever? I'm curious. What do you think about that?