David Byrne on creative life in NYC: The Rent is Too Damn High

Beloved artist, musician, and author David Byrne wrote a Creative Time Reports/ Guardian op-ed piece on the increasingly difficult cost of life in New York for pretty much everyone who isn't rich, and what that means for creative people:

This real estate situation – a topic New Yorkers love to complain about over dinner – doesn't help the future health of the city. If young, emerging talent of all types can't find a foothold in this city, then it will be a city closer to Hong Kong or Abu Dhabi than to the rich fertile place it has historically been. Those places might have museums, but they don't have culture. Ugh. If New York goes there – more than it already has – I'm leaving. But where will I go? Join the expat hipsters upstate in Hudson? Can New York change its trajectory a little bit, become more inclusive and financially egalitarian? Is that possible? I think it is.

If the 1% stifles New York's creative talent, I'm out of here [theguardian.com/creativetimereports.org]