Yesterday at NX35: Mike Seman's Thoughts On Indie Rock And Urban Development
NX35 kicked off yesterday afternoon tackling this topic with a presentation called "Indie Rock and Redevelopment" from UNT alum (and now research associate in economic development research) Michael Seman, who says that, if cities want to attract members of the "creative class", they need to re-prioritize. "You're better off fostering the indie rock scene than building another business park,"
Given that Denton's scene has already taken root, the city can easily capitalize on it. With the A-Train project going ahead, Seman says Denton is poised to become the Deep Ellum of DFW.
Ah, but with such a rosie outlook, isn't it only a matter of time before squares with money come in and price out everyone who made the scene what it is? Not necessarily, says Seman. Cities can achieve balance by keeping living costs under control and valuing the scene for more than its price per acre.
Considering the unmet goals of corporate projects like Victory Park, there's at least one thing Big D can learn from Little D: You can't bring in people with money until you can make then feel cool when they show up.