A city that grows from within reclaiming yet-to-be gentrified neighborhoods, promoting the arts, new food, and generally alternative ways of doing things is a distinct place, unlike many others. Such places and activities are often deemed “cool.” Coolness incubates, sometimes over a generation or two, with new ways of perceiving, making, and doing things. Eventually these elements collide, and a zeitgeist emerges.
Coolness offers people a chance to explore, to go beyond their prescribed boundaries and mix things up. Un-gentrified, or less polished cities, take on little risk in letting people do these things in their backyards, with little to lose. Creativity ensues, and coolness follows.
Cool cities take time to boil over and be noticed by those who are not in attendance. Arguably, a place isn’t cool until outsiders make note of it, thereby designating it so. Critical to being a cool city is that the people from within aren’t interested in defining themselves as such, since they’re too in-the-moment creating than caring about such a moniker; labeling oneself cool has always been the kiss of uncool.
Not nowadays though. Read More