Seriously, I found the real Captain America hiding in plain sight in San Diego.
In Barrio Logan, Carmel Valley, Bay Park, Carlsbad, Escondido (Lilac Hills) and Mission Beach.
And they are getting stronger and smarter with each battle that pits neighborhoods vs. high-density infill projects designated “smart growth.”
The real revolutionaries, or disruptive “change agents,” this election year are mostly nameless, law-abiding, often invisible San Diegans who have taken on “the establishment” and are now “winning”—against all odds.
It started in Barrio Logan. Industry vs. housing, and shipbuilders vs. the neighborhood.
In a close knit Hispanic community, the resistance fought to retain the character of their community against creeping zoning for industrialization. Unafraid of defeat, they fought back against the City Council and the shipyard industry—via a referendum—but lost.
However, during that fight, the locals learned “yuge” lessons. How to organize, shape the narrative, push the non-establishment press, raise funds, recruit volunteers, and rally behind a cause. In short, campaign.
They were the original Captain Americas who helped inspire the next battle in a what is fast becoming a protracted war.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Real American Heroes
Colleen O'Connor in the Times of San Diego: