Akron's identity as Rubber Capital of the World was solidified by Charles Goodyear's Vulcanization process, adding sulfur and other " curatives or accelerators to create cross links and results in polymers." Accelerators are Catalysts. Cross links create new structures with more desirable characteristics: elasticity and plasticity. It bends but does not break. It's embedded in our collective DNA, much as the sulfur and carbon black coated the limestone.
Akron's not Portland. We are not Austin. We're not Cool Kids. There's a proud gritty work ethic. Perseverance welded to rebellious need to create within and despite the confines of the post industrial environment. In Akron, we are expert at reinvention and upcycling of what came before. Tires to Polymers. Our factory ruins evolved into technology incubators because we had to. The Akron Sound is raw, rough- edged, blues guitar driven high energy Black Keys and Chrissie Hynde. It cannot be anything else. Don Drumm's cast aluminum sculpture is industrial process rewritten. Rita Dove's poetry cured in the Banbury. LeBron James' tireless work and commitment.
We see the potential and don't flinch. That's our vulcanization. Our accelerator. Our catalyst. Our cross link. Do the work. " Go Forward. Move Ahead."