West coast

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Posted by Paul Cerra on May 28, 2002 at 17:11:57:

In reply to: Musings on Dance Africa, henna in NYC, and such posted by Anne Beltestad on May 28, 2002 at 15:31:43:

Anne, that was a GREAT post. Yours too, Kenzi. Lots of wonderful
details in there. For someone like myself, who has never even
considered making money from henna (just because I'm new to henna,
not because I have some sort of moral objection or anything), it was
a great way to vicariously experience a festival from an artist's

I just wanted to chime on in something regarding "the west coast":

: Henna here is very different from Seattle, and it's not just my
: approach to marketing. Kenzi is right; although the West Coast is
: *culturally* more "liberal" it's politically more conservative in
: ways, and NYC the opposite - people dress more conservatively, more
: conformist, but tend to politically be more "liberal,"
even "radical."

I think those are all true statements. But I think that "the west
coast" is a bit more diverse. For example, San Diego is a very
conservative town, politically... there is a huge naval base there,
and the county almost always votes republican, even though California
is a solidly democratic state. Then there is Los Angeles, with its
tremendous immigrant population that is usually thought of as
democratic-leaning, yet the 1st-generation population is often
conservative because they come from Roman Catholic countries (their
kids are often different, though.) Going up the coast, you'll come to
Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. This area has curious demographics
because both cities are college towns. Yet the "industry base" is
agricultural, and thus conservative. Slow-growth is the mantra there.
So you have pressures between the young and old... you've got hip
cafes and clubs right next to feed and tack stores. If you leave
town, it's all rolling hills and livestock. Continuing Northwards,
the next big metro area you come to is the San Francisco Bay Area,
which is considered very liberal... no news there. ;) And so forth.

I'll spare folks the run-down on the rest of the West Coast
population centers. I guess my point is simply that I agree with what
Anne was saying... it's a reasonable generalization... but at the
same time, I think "the west coast" is really an area that is too big
to be painted with a broad brush. Then again, I'm not the one doing
festivals and observing people firsthand, like Anne has done... so
take my comments with a grain of salt! ;)



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