Rant: I hate the term Urban Pioneer
- March 10, 2011 5:22 am at 5:22 am #85705
Just finished a nice evening out with some friends who have moved to OTE. They must have used the term ‘urban pioneer’ five times. I am wondering what the previous people who lived in this continually inhabited area called themselves. sigh.March 10, 2011 7:05 am at 7:05 am #433103
I’ve actually been thinking quite a lot about “urban pioneer” and Frederick Jackson Turner’s Frontier Thesis: The Significance of the Frontier in American History. I won’t say that people moving into areas such as OTE quite qualify as pioneers in the sense of moving into a frontier unless you think about how they are slowly displacing the natives and sending them to reservations only to be shuffled around and lost. Call them Urban Settlers and ask if the lower class of urban centers has a “Trail of Tears”.
However, in areas that are both urban and desolate such as former industrial parts of town and you have a few people moving into said areas; converting old offices and warehouses while trying to get zoning changed… those are urban pioneers. You won’t see many of them in Columbus, but Detroit & Cleveland already have a few of those pioneer settlements popping up.March 10, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am #433104
That is pretty much where I am coming from. It is being used more frequently and seems to be becoming cliche. I really just think it is a poor definition in many cases and can be misappropriated, especially when imbuing merit without giving thought to historical contexts.
Maybe it just sounds so much cooler than gentrifier.March 10, 2011 1:19 pm at 1:19 pm #433105
I’ve actually been giving this a lot of thought myself (someone referred to me as an ‘urban pioneer’ the other day) since it doesn’t exactly cast a positive light on people whom I consider to be my friends and neighbors.March 10, 2011 1:20 pm at 1:20 pm #433106
I don’t know that my shitty neighborhood has gotten all that better in the two years I’ve lived here…does that mean I’m more like the Donner Party than say Daniel Boon?March 10, 2011 2:14 pm at 2:14 pm #433107
you need to plant more apple trees.March 10, 2011 2:31 pm at 2:31 pm #433108
im putting up split rail fencing here in the rural enclave of east franklinton.March 10, 2011 2:32 pm at 2:32 pm #433109
frontier seems like a useful term, remember when Italian village north of 1st was the frontier, seems weinland park still is. I’ve heard east of Ohio is the frontier. Urban pioneer may be trite, what about homesteaders?March 10, 2011 2:37 pm at 2:37 pm #433110
At what point is a coon skin cap appropriate?March 10, 2011 2:41 pm at 2:41 pm #433111
Snarf wrote >>
At what point is a coon skin cap appropriate?
Depends how you wear it. Tipped? Tail to the side?March 10, 2011 2:48 pm at 2:48 pm #433112
Chris ShermanParticipantMarch 10, 2011 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm #433113March 10, 2011 2:55 pm at 2:55 pm #433114March 10, 2011 3:59 pm at 3:59 pm #433115
paktinatMemberMarch 10, 2011 4:03 pm at 4:03 pm #433116
this is legit. i saw walker carrying a musket and a stack of beaver pelts on gay street.
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