Housing help slated for artists – By David Freedlander, amNY

[New York] Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed a new bill Thursday that provides what advocates say is much-needed housing dollars for New York artists.

The bill gives grants of up $12,000 to a single artist over a two-year-period and up to $20,000 to a group of artists for live-work space in neighborhoods artists have been priced out of.

“Artists have always gone into a neighborhood that’s affordable and turned it into a desirable place for other people,” said Kathleen Gilrain, the executive director of Smack Mellon, a non-profit exhibition and studio space.

“It’s not just one neighborhood, it’s the whole city. People can’t afford to live here any more.

Yes, her statement is ironic, I know.

I can’t disagree – yes, it’s expensive to live in major US cities such as New York. And, Boston.

My question is, why is that my problem? Why should other people (taxpayers) subsidize someone else’s choice of lifestyle?

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