The New York Observer published a story last week asking Is Detroit The New New York? Referencing Patti Smith’s advice to young creatives to move out of New York and into Detroit, the article brings up some valid points about the Big Apple’s isolation of the young, talented, and hungry.
“The city is facing new threats to its longtime dominance in the creative fields,” in large part because “artists, arts organizations and creative entrepreneurs” have “found it increasingly difficult to find affordable space in the five boroughs to work, live, rehearse and perform.”
It goes on to mention that the NYC dream of “artists dabbling in their craft in sprawling, yet strangely affordable lofts” is “long dead.”
“You know the saying about New York, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”? Well, that’s how I feel about Detroit,” explains Detroit 1-8-7 writer Phonz Williams in a recent interview with IAYD.
Indeed, but in Detroit you can have your own place and eat in it too! In terms of affordable rent, Detroit has certainly got New York beat. With rising media attention focused on the new breed of young creatives moving into Detroit, it looks as if we might be on to something.
What do you think? Is Detroit the New New York? Are we the new destination city for Young Creatives? Or are we just dreaming?