I previously called Stamford a cultural hellhole and the article attracted a variety of responses ranging from full support to condemnation. Some of these responses focused specifically on the proposal for the Glenbrook Community Center or historic preservation in general. I’m not interested in relitigating that issue because it’s not only boring but it’s also not the point. Truthfully, my point may have been lost because the published piece was a combination of two separate thoughts. One about my disappointment in Stamford’s arts scene, and another about my frustration with our local governance’s dysfunction. I think these two points are related, and I hope to clarify that now.
Stamford’s problems are not unique to Stamford. They are replicated all over the country. This is best represented by the several comments I received from people who’ve moved out of Stamford and discovered an identical mindset in other places in the country (or even internationally). The problem is a mindset of pervasive negativity about the direction of a community’s future. This is more than a difference in politics. It is a moral issue that is tightly intertwined with the beliefs of this faction I refer to as citizens against virtually everything (CAVE people). You can see the issue in how people responded to my article.