Eavesdropping Edition (Affordability v. Creativity)
I was doing my daily browsing session and I stumble upon this conversation. Immediately the first line grabbed my attention. As I went to read more about what Christina B. was talking about I realize how I have the same kind of Love/Hate relationship with my Beloved City.
The below conversation was taken from a group discussion via Social Media. I have the consent to use this group conversation for my post today. A Big Thank you to Christina B. for letting me use this as a new article. However, the other people involved in this group discussion names will be removed and renamed.
I hope you enjoy this, like I did.
Christina Blacken: **I'm falling out of love with NYC everything that comes with it**. Friend 1:Details Please? Christina Blacken: I've loved NYC for a lot of things - the creativity and energy, the diversity. at the same time, to access those things you have to make a ton of sacrifices especially if you don't make a certain level of income. Esp when it comes to space, the work schedules required of most careers and industries here, I don't think the city is always set up to sustain healthy living or creativity. it's not impossible to have that balance but I think it takes much more work than other places. Friend 1:Hmm...I definitely see what you're saying here. I do. Christina Blacken: it's a catch 22. i think for all the things it brings there's major cons. for instance, people come to NY to pursue their dreams of creation - either creating a new business, product, art piece in the world etc. and the energy for that is great. but so many people have to pick up so many jobs to sustain themselves they have absolutely no time or energy to create due to the very high cost of living. on top of that, the attraction brings such hoards of people that enjoying anything - an outdoor space, a coffee at a cafe, a bumping party, a seat on the train - is damn near impossible at times. you'll be shoulder to shoulder with people in the tightest of spaces. again, i love NY for a lot of things but there are so many cons that i can see why people don't stay here long. Friend 2: You and A LOT of other people Christina Blacken: true true. it's hard to leave when it's all you know. I'm not sure maybe even living a little bit outside of the city is better. I've only experienced NYC pretty much in it. Friend 1: Part of living life, in my opinion, is leaving one's comfort zone a little bit. I mean come on. Maybe my perspective is different as a child of immigrants. I do agree though, there DOES need to be some comfort. Christina Blacken: i think that's def true, are you referring to Autumn Floyd comment about NYC being her home? I think the comfort zone is diff than just unsustainable living though. if you can't afford to have space, or time to create, or time to see family and friends, or time to work out and give yourself self care etc etc that's when things get out of hand. again, not saying those things aren't possible in NYC they just take much more effort than other places and I can see why people leave because of it. Christina Blacken: well i think one issue is that NYC gets set up as the be all and end of all of living. there are so many great places to live in the world for various reasons. i was drawn to NYC for a reason and I would recommend it to a lot of people to at least try. but i think settling anywhere it's important to really weigh the pros and the cons. i think NYC has a lot of work to to do when it comes to sustainable and affordable living. an apt with no windows and 200 ft of space shouldn't cost 1k per month (I'm exaggerating but some of that does exist). it's absurd at times. Fiend 4: Cause it's dope. And you are dope Christina Blacken: haha aw thanks! Christina B: I think another thing I want to note is there is a distinct level of privilege in ny. it has one of the highest concentrations of millionaires than almost any other urban location in the us. that skews meritocracy and making it in ny significantly. it's not impossible to make it. but when you move here as a poor college student, with no subsidized family apartment to fall back on, or no rich uncle to save you when your business idea goes out, or a parent to pay your rent, it's a whole different ball game. I've survived out here on my own pretty much and have made my way in a lot of ways, but I think that's also something to keep in mind. NYC is a rich people's city hands down and THAT fact stifles creativity in this city (and a lot of other cities honestly, but esp in NYC) to a significant degree. Friend 5 like you said this is a bankers town in a lot of ways