Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
With this article comes a long winded discussion of how artists fare in a City overrun by high profile tech companies, increased overall population, and fewer resources to go around. In an unfixed market, the six figure salaries have no problem securing housing, while artists and other low income sectors are forced to relocate. This brings to the table a fascinating look at artists’ relation to cities in general. Cities are artist hubs, people hubs for that matter. A dense population crowded into a relatively small area of land. Artists flock to cities because this is where a lot of work is available, where folks of all walks of life want to go see performances and attend cultural institutions. Yet rent is always higher in cities and artists often have to force themselves to take on higher paying gigs which might not serve their personal mission statement.
Housing costs and development are on the rise for both a growing domestic population as well as globalization of cities; Chinese natives in particular are buying lots of urban property in the United States. “…real estate firms in San Francisco are now targeting places like Shanghai and providing concierge services in Mandarin and Cantonese to attract investors.” The City is working on providing resources and housing opportunities for creative and other low income sectors, however there is a current lottery exceeding 2,000 residents with only 250 rental units available. It is really interesting to consider how cities have become such a challenge for artists to work, when it is has for years been the ideal place for artists to aspire to live.