THINK # “EXPENSIVE CITIES ARE KILLING CREATIVITY”, by Sarah Kendzior

“New York – and San Francisco, London, Paris and other cities where cost of living has skyrocketed – are no longer places where you go to be someone. They are places you live when you are born having arrived. They are, as journalist Simon Kuper puts it, “the vast gated communities where the one percent reproduces itself”.”(…)

Golden-Gated-City

Failure, in an economy of extreme inequalities, is a source of fear. To fail in an expensive city is not to fall but to plummet. In expensive cities, the career ladder comes with a drop-off to hell, where the fiscal punishment for risk gone wrong is more than the average person can endure. As a result, innovation is stifled, conformity encouraged. The creative class becomes the leisure class – or they work to serve their needs, or they abandon their fields entirely.

Nothing to fear…

But creative people should not fear failure. Creative people should fear the prescribed path to success – its narrowness, its specificity, its reliance on wealth and elite approval. When success is a stranglehold, true freedom is failure. The freedom to fail is the freedom to innovate, to experiment, to challenge.(…)

So … let’s move to cheaper cities !

Read the article :: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/12/expensive-cities-are-killing-creativity-2013121065856922461.ht

illustration ::

ERIC DROOKER’S NEW YORK

THE URBAN REINVENTORS IMAGE GALLERIES

New York City as portrayed in the drawings of artist Eric Drooker.http://www.urbanreinventors.net/gallery.php?artist=eric&issue=1

 

 

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