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David Byrne On Creativity, the 1%, and What Makes a Great City

Stef McDonald

Really great insights by David Byrne here, who laments the current state of New York City. "The city is a body and a mind—a physical structure as well as a repository of ideas and information. Knowledge and creativity are resources. If the physical (and financial) parts are functional, then the flow of ideas, creativity and information are facilitated. The city is a fountain that never stops: it generates its energy from the human interactions that take place in it...." Worth reading the rest.

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  • Yasha Wallin

    I loved this. I also love that the thumbnail is a Peter Halley painting, who I worked for as one of my first jobs when I moved to NYC. I recently moved out of the city, in part because I was uninspired, but it was more of a 'its not you its me' kind of thing. I still think NYC is an amazing place to be creative, its just, like Byrne said, too expensive for many of us to thrive if you don't want to get caught up in the hustle.

    • Stef McDonald

      Funny—I also think my leaving NY was a "it's not you, it's me" thing. I used to believe that no other city could compare. Love Byrne's observations here—and also that he hasn't given up hope just yet.