Union Tribune columnist Logan Jenkins has given our town motto, Keep Leucadia Funky a "brick" award and says we should ditch the word because in his mind "funky" equates something damp and smelly.
Read the column online.
A brick – the Junk the Funk award – to the aesthetic champions of Leucadia who can't seem to resist the adjective funky to define the Encinitas community's character.
Look, I'm also guilty of using the slang term as a label for dilapidated grandeur, the sort of hippie unpretension Californians love to Haight, so to speak.
A quick database search shows I've used the word, especially to express affection for little Ponto, the tiny coastal hamlet north of Leucadia that's slated for the wrecking ball.
During a Wednesday meeting to plan a new and improved “streetscape” for Leucadia, a consultant from Solana Beach and an Encinitas councilwoman both employed funky to evoke Leucadia's artistic soul.
Enough is enough.
I'm advocating a moratorium on a word that means, in its first definition, moldy or smelly. In the '50s, that earthy definition morphed into a style of blues music with a fashionable sexy swing.
While funky is often used in a positive sense – as in casual, free, easy – I'd suggest that Leucadia shouldn't aspire to be funky (i.e., down to smelly earth) so much as authentic.
A clean '55 Chevy, for example, is hardly funky. It's cool, but not funky.
More than more funk, Leucadia needs its house pride stoked. It needs new trees to replace its signature eucalyptus on Highway 101. To slow traffic, it might look to Bird Rock's roundabouts for inspiration.
But down-and-dirty funk? Who needs it?
Throw it in with the dirty socks.
BLOG REBUTTAL: In my opinion Keep Leucadia Funky is a great town slogan. Most cities would kill for such marketing. Yes, funky rhymes with junky which is a shame and some people associate the word funky with smell but in the context of Leucadia, funky means eclectic and groovy and offbeat and cool and non-corporate. Keep Leucadia Eclectic sounds too yuppie and Keep Leucadia Unique sounds wimpy so the KLF will continue. In 2006 I wrote a blog post very similar to Logan's column asking if the word Funky was serving us well. I've since come full circle and have embraced it again. It's a local thing and I don't think folks are too concerned if outsiders don't get it. I don't see people peeling their KLF stickers off their cars anytime soon.
Examples of why the word Funky is a positive thing:
Flickr.com Funky Photos Cluster.
James Brown "Ain't it Funky Now", Paris 1971
Logan uses a 1955 Chevy as an example, citing that a clean '55 Chevy is not funky. This is true! However, a rat rod primer gray '55 Chevy is funky.
Leucadia Blog: Leucadia: funky, groovy, classic...home.
Leucadia Blog: What is the Funky anyway?