Creative Class Breathes New Life into Empty Spaces

The recession has left many real estate properties empty across the country. In Los Angeles, some of those empty spaces are being revived by the city's artists.

Writer Alissa Walker takes a look at some of these reused empty spaces, and discusses how other creative types can get involved in taking advantage of a down real estate market for innovative space-based projects and installations.

"The fact that these three creatives have founded true cultural centers and succeeded in doing it in a place as notoriously scattered as Los Angeles makes me believe their concepts are true models for success.

I bring this up now because probably every designer, architect or artist I've ever spoken with has expressed the desire to open and operate a space: a gallery, a store, a classroom. And I would say this is the time. There's a reason this is the age of the pop-up shop: space is available, and it's yours for the taking. Use this moment when you've got a little extra downtime to inhabit the empty space next door, or some available space in your office that's looking a bit lonely. Creating a space is the perfect opportunity to collaborate on a concept with other designers that helps all of you stay visible, busy, and creatively-fulfilled."

Full Story: Real Estate Bust: How Creatives Are Carving Up L.A.'s Empty Space



Creative Class and Planning Terminology

This isn't a very important topic, but I find terms like creative class to be very obscure. I don't think ascribing the word "class" to a segment of professionals is appopriate.


I agree. in the United States we are often very uneasy with the idea of class, sometimes refusing to acknowledge it, frequently to our own (political and economic) detriment. Uses of the word that further obfuscate the matter, by having no clear relationship to economics, should probably be avoided. On the other hand, if everyone agreed that the word "class" had a secondary meaning that was something like "a grouping of related professions or occupations," and if this meaning were applied consistently, that might be all right.

I agree

Additionally, there is an underlying inference that only certain behaviors are defined as "creative." People of many classes and professions engage in creative practices, even if they aren't as skilled as professional artists or even if their profession wouldn't be deemed creative in the typical sense.

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