In an editorial ("Will Work for Inspiration") posted today on Creative Time's website, ex-Baltimorean/ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne laments the decline of New York City's arts infrastructure and claims the city's cultural scene is being usurped and/or choked by the 1%. Byrne, who grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Lansdowne Senior High, criticizes the strangling effects of New Gilded Age economics, which, he says, leave "no room for fresh creative types. Middle-class people can barely afford to live [in New York] anymore, so forget about emerging artists, musicians, actors, dancers, writers, journalists, and small business people. Bit by bit, the resources that keep the city vibrant are being eliminated." At one point, he even says he'd consider leaving New York. I doubt he actually would, but if he ever gets serious about leaving, he should check out his old hometown. We have an abundance of "fresh creative types" and plenty of emerging artists. And those Talking Heads royalty checks would go a lot further here than they do in Manhattan.