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Let's Mold Our Future Together

RECEIVED Thu., March 7, 2013

Dear Editor,
    There has been more friction in the city as of late, with more people dissatisfied that our idyllic community has been fractured. I believe that the current challenge with the city of Austin is that we are still trying to define ourselves as free-spirited, liberal contrarians, when the truth is that the city has grown beyond that definition. We still have pieces of liberal populations, but 1) the meaning of "liberal" has changed since the 1960s and 1970s, and 2) large groups of people have different opinions. It would be hard to claim that the tech companies are liberal based on their locations and hiring practices, but they have made many positive changes in our city. We are an extremely segregated city – more segregated than Jasper, as it turns out – but that segregation is not limited to any racial group, and all people fall victim to it. The city can still be great, as long as we accept that we all can change some of our perspectives and share in its future direction.
Stephanie Webb
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