Arts districts, usually found on the periphery of a city center, are intended to create a critical mass of art galleries, dance clubs, theaters, art cinemas, music venues, and public squares for performances. More often, such places attract restaurants, cafes, and retail shops.
More and more however, cities are thinking about such art and cultural districts as one way to ensure the city attracts, nurtures and retains the creative workforce it needs to succeed in the new economy.
With no NEA grant but with funding from private investors, the I.D.E.A. District for Innovation, Design, Education and Art has recently begun building an arts district that will stretch over 35 city blocks in East Village. This plan, like the one in Boston, is more than just art, more than just another real estate development too. It represents another powerful model for cities struggling to get on the global information highway.
View the article from the Huffington Post.