I lived in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn that was decimated by looting during the 1977 blackout, was thought at the time to be dead, beyond any form of urban renewal.
Now, it appears that is no longer the case. And, once again, artists are paving the way. Perhaps they should get the subsidies that oil companies get. After all, they're really creating value, not just digging it out of the ground until it runs out.
You want to know what it takes to be a real progressive? Outlasting your opponents. And remembering that it ultimately depends on all of us, not just one, or 535 of us. It took more than three decades for Bushwick to come back, but it's coming back.
2008 was our D-Day, and 2010 was our Battle of the Bulge. Perhaps 2012 can be our V-E Day*
*Pardon the WWII metaphors; I'm just coming off of seeing "Captain America" the other day. I strongly recommend that you see it, even if you are not a comic-book movie kind of person.