A Blast from the Past

By Becky Larson, SacMidtown.com

It’s been said time and again that history repeats itself.  As I sat outside a Midtown café this past weekend, I couldn’t help but think how true that really is.  Several of the twenty-somethings that passed by looked like blasts from the past.

Hipsters and Emos alike call Midtown home as do many from the pot-smoking hippie crowd.  Even some of our favorite midtown/downtown establishments take us back in time.  Walk through the doors of the Shady Lady Saloon and be reminded of a period when flapper girls roamed the streets and jazz music could be heard for miles.

Head over to Harlow’s on rare weekends throughout the year and rock out with a packed house to the 80’s cover band Tainted Love.  Get your taste of the flower power era by stopping in at Sugar Plum for an earthy, vegan treat.

We often claim to be the generation of individuality where the most important thing is to be yourself.  But how can you be yourself when all around it appears we’ve just hit the rewind button?  Is it possible to move forward while also moving back?

In thinking about this more throughout the week, and yet again consulting my ever so wise family and friends, I’ve come to the conclusion it’s more about looking back than moving back.  History shows we frequently learn great, lifelong lessons from the ones before us.  So in order to be better versions of ourselves, we have to look back as we move forward.

What’s great (and I think unique) about the time we’re in now is that we’re able to look at all of the mistakes made in the past, learn from them and in turn emulate only the best parts of previous generations.  Who doesn’t want to party like an 80’s rock star or grow up in a time when the motto was peace and love?  I’m not discounting the fact there were many trials and tribulations in the past.  But it’s refreshing to know the best and most exciting memories are what we’ve chosen to continue into the future.  We’ve been able to bring the past back to life through fashion, décor and culture while still being a generation of unique individuals.  And, just like generations before us who thought video killed the radio star, generations after us might come to find texting killed the telephone.  But they’ll learn from our mistakes, improve and move one.

The landscape of Midtown may have changed over the years.  But the spirit of the people that make up this community will never grow old.  The people and diversity of Midtown are what make the good ol’ days still alive and well now and for generations to come.

About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of SacMidtown.com, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.


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