From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:
Topless Rally Raises Eyebrows, Questions
ASHEVILLE, N.C.—This city has made a name for itself as a tourist and retirement haven, known for its arts festivals, spiritual retreats and welcoming culture.
But a topless rally here Sunday prompted even locals who want to “Keep Asheville Weird” to question if weird is a sustainable economic model, especially in a downturn.”Being strange is one of the things we have in our favor, that people feel comfortable here,” said Patti Best, who sells her paintings in downtown galleries. But Ms. Best said she worries about blurring the line between being accepting and being offensive. “Asheville has a lot of attraction for families, and they aren’t going to come to a place that’s veering so far out of the mainstream,” she said.
Although the Journal didn’t mention it, the Asheville campaign mirrors Austin, TX’s Keep Austin Weird effort.
So what the hardweirding staff wants to know is: Why no “Keep Boston Weird” campaign?
(And don’t give us any Future Boston Alliance booshwah: That group is lamer than David Ortiz.)
Truth is, Boston’s not weird.