Anyone minding the store-?

Okay, uh…so there’s this website, see, and it’s supposed to be all about how groovy downtown Durham is…and it’s, uh, sponsored by the development company that has a near-monopoly on all the buildings downtown, cause they, like, swooped in like a vulture and bought them all.

Be Downtown Durham, Fool!And…er…I guess it’s kinda playing on the whole wiki- web 2.0 – user-generated – content – is – the – new – cool – meme, cause it, uh, asks people to submit their own photos and quotes about, well, how “groovy” it is to “Be” downtown Derm.

But, you know, it’s kinda silly, cause what they’re really asking people to do is, like, increase the value of their “brand,” which is downtown Derm, since, like, they own it and want to sell it back to you. So, you know, it’s kind of more like a cynical manipulation of “interactivity” than, uh, truth.

What does being downtown mean to you?And, um…after doing some tests, I wonder what would happen if people really took them at their word and, I don’t know, submitted some really…interesting…items for their little “Derm Groovy” web site, you know?

I’m not saying people would, y’know, goon them or anything…but they don’t call it the “creative” class for nothing, right? I mean, nobody would enjoy finding a way to turn their own marketing tools against them, right?

Right?

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13 Responses to Anyone minding the store-?

  1. Adam says:

    Is it really swooping in like a vulture when nobody else would touch Durham?

  2. Blazer Manpurse, BFA says:

    Well, as long as I’m painting with a broad brush, I guess I should work in the fine landlords who sold said development company all them buildings.

    Property holders who had been holding onto their downtown real estate for decades and letting it rot, rather than letting it be developed or even rented by townies who surely would have done something with it, because they were instead sure that someday, just around the corner, a ‘big Renaissance payday’ would eventually come.

    And, of course, their wildest dreams came true when their property was suddenly valuable again, thanks in part to the investment of over $40 million in public funds in a nearby redevelopment scheme.

    So yeah, maybe the vulture analogy wasn’t quite apt.

    How about “Rode in like a Santa-suit clad Playboy bunny on a magic sled and gave downtown property owners the hottest ‘massage with release’ of their lives, and, by paying them such exorbitant rates, forever ensured that the resulting residential units they’d build would never be even remotely affordable”?

    Oh, but there goes my creative classer bank account envy showing through again.

  3. toieshat says:

    What does it mean to me to be downtown?

    Hopelessness. That “We want Oprah!” message has been up for, like, ten years, and I don’t think she’s coming.

  4. mymagicbean says:

    Just out of curiosity – what would you have preferred to happen to downtown?

  5. Dead Bastard says:

    Can’t speak for the Honorable Mr. Manpurse here, but I’m thinkin’ a lot of us around here like the redevelopment of Durham, like some money comin’ in, and a’that. But once this thing gets rolling, it doesn’t hurt to needle these folks a bit, now does it? Particularly when the Dick Florida starts to get a bit thick…

    ‘s good for ’em…

  6. Blazer Manpurse, BFA says:

    What the dead guy said. No question, the Renaissance has plenty of benefits–I eat as many Locopops as the next Joe. I’m not saying tumbleweeds were better.

    But doesn’t it strike you as somewhat…odd…how we went from “rotting” to “Disneyland for the wealthy” in 1.5 seconds? And how it’s all so…manufactured…now? Seems ironic that we had “grit” and “funky” to the max, then we pushed all that out, so that we could get hi-gloss “grit” and sanitized “funky” for people in their $400,000 closets to be nostalgic about.

    This downtown, it’s for a specific class of peeps now. A very different one than it was for just a few years ago. I’m a salesman, and I don’t buy the product they’re selling, that’s all.

    Great question though…what say the rest of you scurvies?

  7. nico says:

    “And…er…I guess it’s kinda playing on the whole wiki- web 2.0 – user-generated – content – is – the – new – cool – meme, cause it, uh, asks people to submit their own photos and quotes about, well, how “groovy” it is to “Be” downtown Derm.

    But, you know, it’s kinda silly, cause what they’re really asking people to do is, like, increase the value of their “brand,” which is downtown Derm, since, like, they own it and want to sell it back to you. So, you know, it’s kind of more like a cynical manipulation of “interactivity” than, uh, truth.”

    Doesn’t this give us reason to think that Bullshat is itself a publication of Greenfire development?

    As Kaiser Sosez says, perhaps the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

  8. “Doesn’t this give us reason to think that Bullshat is itself a publication of Greenfire development?”

    MWAAAHAAAAHAHAHAAAAAAA! (rubbing hands together with evil glee)!!

  9. barry ragin says:

    Just out of curiosity – what would you have preferred to happen to downtown?

    i would like to see the Palace return booking shows like Hugh Masakela again. I’d like to have a place where i can stop in for a burger, fries, and a pint, for less than 15 bucks, and know everybody at the bar. i’d like to see the SouthBank building and that ugly blue glass monstrosity vanish into a sudden flaw in the space-time continuum. i’d like to be able to eat Thai food. i’d like to have front row seats for the Cowboy Junkies next week. oh, wait a minute, i do have front row seats for CJs.

    God, i love this town.

  10. Blazer Manpurse, BFA says:

    Drat–I always knew this day would come. The day Blazer Manpurse is unmasked.

  11. Uncle Mike says:

    Blazer Manpurse is Mikhail Gorbachev? I didn’t know he played the harmonica!

  12. First Time Caller says:

    I just found this blog and reading it leaves me rather curious to know if you real estate pro’s actually do anything to protect the rot and funk in your own real estate dealings. You know–in real life where the development company you are bashing has to do its business. It seems a little dishonest to me for such professors of truth to bash other real estate professionals whilst hiding behind clever monikers and internet anonymity. Unless, of course, you really are Greenfire Development. In which case, nevermind…bash yourselves all you want.

    Also, I like how you hate on sneaky marketing campaigns and all but unlike Coke, the so called “Derm Groovy” website has Greenfire’s logo right on it. Was it not always there? I don’t know but even if it wasn’t, the color scheme seems a bad choice for any company trying to hide their involvement.

    Oh well, maybe I’ve lost my sense of humor…

  13. Dead Bastard says:

    Number firstly, I ain’t no real estate professional. That’s Mr. McPurse’s bailiwick, and he can have it as far as I’m concerned. I work in Re-Search. I search things a second or third time for a living. I’m part of the “creative class,” see? I create ives for a living. Just watch me create and research and do all those groovy things… I’ll go off looking for all those ives you’ve been missing, but only if you’ve looked for them at least once already…

    Number anotherly, I own no real estate dealings, just a single bit of real estate, and I assure you that I maintain plenty of funk there. Mostly in the drain thingy in the kitchen sink.

    Number additionally, I don’t get your second paragraph. But I ain’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, so who knows…

    Number the next, maybe some of us don’t just piss on ourselves around here. Maybe we also piss on ourselves in that “real world” you’re talking about too, and maybe even say good things about these companies with oddly colored combustion trying to undo the things people have veloped.

    So don’t go rushing to conclusions or other fraternities, Mr. “First Time Caller Says,” if that IS your real name…

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