Does our arts scene makes us a hub, cluster or something else?
In a previous article, we defined two phrases that bubble up consistently in community development conversations: creative placemaking and cultural district.
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#1 Oct 20, 2013
The focus on our Arts scene is fine except for one thing. It will never be enough for our local economy to thrive. We have to be cautious about putting too much emphasis on the quirky and cute artsiness of Brattleboro to the exclusion of other important steps we can take to create better and higher paying jobs. The arts may make this a better place to live but it won't give us jobs that will support a family. If I had the choice to do it, I would get rid of all the arts in exchange for two or three good factories which would hire people at livable wages.
#2 Oct 21, 2013
-in other words you'd like to be an evil dictator
we've had enough of those
we have one now getting rid of the middle class, coal and other industries and replacing them with McJobs, or with nothing
'Free Trade' ruined manufacturing in the U.S. and it was supported by corrupt crooks from both parties
*good art worthy of support-
#3 Oct 23, 2013
The Arts thrived during the Great Depression. When there are no real jobs, they keep us from falling into complete despair. I do hope to see REAL jobs come back again, but in the meantime the arts is a much better choice than doing or dealing drugs.
#4 Oct 23, 2013
'our' CIA deals in heroin Bigtime which is why 'we' went into Afghanistan immediately after that false flag inside job 9/11, so as to control and protect the opium
So rather than Mr. & Mrs. McSheeple having their son try his luck in the bad job market, they should have him join the 'U.S.' military and be either a protector of the poppy fields or used to kill Americans in the coming martial law/total tyranny
Hey it's a job
The 'art' is in laundering the Billion$ thru various banks, and getting everyone to accept further draconian and Orwellian 'PATRIOT' Act laws to take away More rights under the guise of fighting terror etc.
Nut-Job Obama Supporters Believe Healthcare.Gov Disaster Is Part Of Right Wing Conspiracy
Tin-foil hats at the ready as neurotic libtard Obamanoids claim the Koch brothers are behind the healthcare glitches
Should we Impeach the Prez or all the Congresscritters too?
#5 Oct 24, 2013
Return on investment ?
What it amounts to is dreamers spend tons of money setting up shop and go broke and get replaced by the next dreamer with money.
#6 Oct 24, 2013
The problem with the arts economy is that consumers must have the disposable income to afford/support it. Where are the jobs in this area that create that kind of wealth?
#7 Oct 24, 2013
. Art for its own purposes is one thing, art as a viable economy is another.
#8 Oct 24, 2013
if it was a viable industry the rich people would hire dozens of artists and give them a base salary and maybe help with the rent and put them on commission and hope to skim off the big bucks to be made in the industry. Reality is billions is invested to make millions so the rich stay away from it because they don't want to support starving artists, let their families and the government do it.
It's also another Wal-Mart type industry where taxpayers are supporting the starving artists with some government assistance.
How many are getting food stamps and other things ?
the financially illiterate live in some warm & fuzzy fantasy world as is evident by the financial condition of the country. How's all the education spending going for the new global economy the country entered the day the Mayflower sailed into harbor.
#9 Oct 24, 2013
Well, most of dead end small NE town America exaggerates the worth of art...it is nothing particular to Brattleboro. Abandoned down town areas are filled with artzy store designed to hide the abandonment.
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