Everyone once in awhile, you hear the argument, “if the cost of housing continues to rise, our creative class won’t be able to live here, anymore.”
Here’s one person’s response to this, courtesy of Curbed.com:
A reader brought our attention to the Tribeca artists on Dutch Street threatened with eviction from their rent-controlled apartments because the landlord wants to demolish their building. The reader, though, didn’t feel their pain.
“I hate to feel sympathetic for corporations, but these artists are living in multi-million dollar lofts for $850 a month (meanwhile, my co-op maintenance — not counting my mortgage, for what is surely a much smaller apartment nearby is nearly double that) and poo-poohing buyout offers for well into six figures. It’s enough to make me turn into a Milton Friedman …
The article asks “where would we go?” … Grand Forks, North Dakota is a fine and reasonably-priced place to live for the self-employed.
Um, yeah. He said that.