Last May at a Cooper Union discussion with Jonathan Lethem, Patti Smith said, “New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling. New York City has been taken away from you … So my advice is: Find a new city.”
An article in Capital New York describes how New York City is trying to keep itself open to the emerging creative sector – or at least discussing how it could – in terms of housing, tax incentives, studio space, and business classes for artists.
Patti Smith suggested that artists who couldn’t afford to live in New York move to Detroit. Check out the articles Wringing Art Out of Rubble in Detroit and Art as Security System in The New York Times, describing artist projects and cooperatives for creative urban renewal.