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Allston gets indoor skate park, weekly vintage market

Allston Village Main Streets is turning 89 Brighton Ave. into a new, if not permanent, community space that will include a two-floor indoor skatepark, a DIY bicycle-repair shop and a vintage market.

Mayor Walsh was on hand this morning for the introduction of Pop Allston.

The Orchard Conservatory Skatepark will be one of the first, free, indoor skateparks in the world, spread across "nearly 10,000 square feet, with varying and unique terrain on each floor. "

Oliver Best Markets will feature vendors "specializing in records, apparel, home decor and more."

CommonWheels Bicycle Co-op, will also be housed in the space and will offer free workshops and resources.

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Translation: vintage market=flea market. Dbag is such a rich and exciting language.

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Explain?

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Gen X loves to make mundane things sound spiffier than they are and provided the nation with a large cohort of marketing majors. "Used" gets elevated into "Vintage" or "Pre-owned"

The older people favored a plainer approach and would make fun of this linguistic inflation back in the day, rebranding "Garbage Man" to "Sanitation Engineer" as a kind of joke.

We're now in this absurd period where marketeerist triumphalism has induced a competition to find the most florid designations obtainable. It's like linguistic bloat that the geezers called "Hucksterism"

It's vividly on display in the various claims advanced by 2024.

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Are you quite sure you're talking about "Gen X", old-timer?

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Boy, people love thinking that something old is new again, and that it is all the fault of the latest generations. Though Gen X is not quite the latest.

From Colin Powell's autobiography, talking about 40 years ago:

The new [volunteer] Army. The new jargon was coming into vogue. It was during this period that the old mess hall gave way to the "dining facility" and the old mess sergeant became the "dining facility manager." The post laundry became the "Installation Fabricare Facility." I almost gagged.

https://books.google.com/books?id=obi-rpFhXoYC&pg=PT321&lpg=PT321&dq=col...

Do you also post about the ills of 'what they call today's music?'

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I'm that pushing-50 broad with gray hair under her bike helmet hanging with the hipsters and my millenial kids, who have perfected our early 90s lifestyle with superior numbers.

GET OFF MY LAWN!

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And many are struggling to age gracefully. The saggy faded tattoos are particularly hilarious.

You can tell the aging X cohort by its thin skin and sleeve ware. It's in charge now, but when it was younger, marketing was a popular biz major.

"Pop Culture" was a popular liberal arts major. Many became professional students because the economy was sucking when they got out of college.

There were a few old hippies that started the "vintage" drivel. Before that it was thrift shops, second hand stores, 'curio shops' and antique shops. Full blown linguistic inflation really got going in the past 30 years.

I'm the same age as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Johnny Rotten and D. Boone. We watched X waddle onto center stage and rolled our eyes at its frantic antics. Now it's this strange schizoid thing with lots of men who may as well be Paul Ryan and women who still think Camille Paglia was significant.

Obviously there is a far greater degree of diversity in the cohort than that, but it really is an interesting porker in the demographic python

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So you're a baby boomer, and you think Generation X is/was full of antics? LOL. Please get a sense of self and proportion.

In such moments, the baby boomer’s deeply engrained generational arrogance and solipsism is made clear. Since they were born, they were told—and came to believe—that the world existed always and only for them (remember when Steven Speilberg, in promoting Saving Private Ryan, declared that World War II's deepest meaning somehow involved a generation not yet born: “It was as simple as this: The century was either going to produce the baby boomers or it was not going to produce the baby boomers”?)

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/06/jfk-still-dead-baby-boo...

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... is total BS, no matter who utters it and no matter what generation it targets.

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And the vastly diminished crime rate, the vastly lower rate of child abandonment, plummeting divorce rates, etc.

I seem to remember the boomers describing us as "prudish" at the time.

You are truly a classic - and entertaining, too.

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In the context of fluffy language my current favorite marketing conversion of a term is the transformation of custom tailoring to bespoke tailoring. I grew up hearing the term custom tailoring (though never needing nor affording custom tailored clothing). But over the past 10 years or so I've noticed that the word custom was replaced by the word bespoke.

To my ears it sounds pretentious and puffed out.

The term pre-own (referencing cars) was also new to me in the 90s. I grew up with the idea of used cars. I understand used has a negative connotation while pre-owned is neutral.

It's all about marketing and selling. Has no bearing upon meaning.

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... a perfectly ordinary term --- in England.

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Vintage and pre-owned are hardly new trendy terms and marketing gimmicks have been around for many many generations. Read newspapers from 100 years ago if you don't believe me. Try channeling your angst into educating yourself and stop blaming your parents for everything -- it's draining your potential.

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When I first learned this word, it applied only to an art gallery or a museum. Now all kinds of things are 'curated'.

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Does this have anything to do with terms like "Fancy" or "Gourmet" which have been applied to make anything from ketchup to catfood sound better with no meaning for many years?

How about linguistic quirks like replacing the singular and familiar "thou" with the plural or formal "you", even in familiar contexts? Man, talk about making mundane people sound spiffier than they are; back in my day, you only addressed royalty as "you."

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"Flea market" now means "tables of plastic junk rejected from the dollar store" rather than "eclectic garage sale". So if that's not what you want to advertise, it's fair to call it something else.

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still calls itself 'Flea'. Every Sunday, 10-4 pm, June through October, in the Buena Vista parking lot near Davis Square.

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....is that Allston likely has more fleas per capita...oh sorry. Vintages Per Capita....than anywhere else.

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The amateur radio world still uses the term "flea market" in its earlier sense, as in the Flea at MIT among others.

I, for one, had no idea what "vintage market" meant until it was translated in the comments here. And I'm a Gen Xer.

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I, for one, welcome our hipster overlords.
(seriously though, I think this is great)

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This is a great use of what otherwise would be a vacant building! Thank you to Alana Olsen from Allston Village Main Streets, the building owners, the City of Boston, and everyone else who made it possible!

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What about the parking?

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Behind [what was] International are several parking spaces that are attributed to the building. The others are for the car rental place next door. But I also imagine many people would just skateboard to the place.

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As a frequent customer, I was really saddened to see International Bikes go. This however is an amazing idea for the building. With the loss of most of the DIY spaces in Allston-Brighton this is great news.

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