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define: Vibrancy

February 4, 2013

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 This past week I got a kick out of Thomas Frank’s article “Dead End on Shakin’ Street” in the last issue of The Baffler. Frank skewers the term Vibrant, particularly as a meaningless buzzword used more recently by development groups when scheming on how to create the next Arts District…
 
“Corporations see a vibrant cultural landscape as a magnet for talent,” goes the thinking behind Kansas City’s vibrancy, according to one report; it’s “almost as vital for drawing good workers as more-traditional benefits like retirement plans and health insurance.” (Did you catch that, reader? Art is literally a substitute for compensating people properly. “Let them eat art,” indeed.)

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