Whenever I hear the word “lofts,” I reach for my revolver

“There has to be cheap accomodation somewhere in the city so that there are garrets in which artists can starve – a city in which every spare inch is going to be transformed into expensive apartments for financial consultants is going to squeeze its painters and poets until they go elsewhere. No matter how noisy and irritating they are for people in adjacent properties, there have to be night clubs and cafes, or certain sorts of fertile meeting will never happen.

“There has to be tolerance of mildly antisocial behaviour and eccentricity for people to find their voice – it may be regrettable, but is clearly the case, that graffiti artists are as significant a part of the art world as classically trained painters. Bohemians may not be convenient or good neighbours, or polite tenants, but they are a crucial part of the mix of a healthy and flourishing city. Currid makes this point, but not its corollary – that policies like those of Mayor Guiliani may do irreparable damage at the same time that they scour a city clean.”
The Warhol Economy, RozK!, February 10, 2008

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