The Peril of Hipster Economics

Until Victory

by Sarah Kendzior, Al Jazeera English

In some north Philadelphia elementary schools, nearly every child is living below the poverty line, writes Kendzior [AP] In some north Philadelphia elementary schools, nearly every child is living below the poverty line, writes Kendzior [AP] On May 16, an artist, a railway service and a government agency spent $291,978 to block poverty from the public eye.

Called psychylustro, German artist Katharina Grosse’s project is a large-scale work designed to distract Amtrak train riders from the dilapidated buildings and fallen factories of north Philadelphia. The city has a 28 percent poverty rate – the highest of any major US city – with much of it concentrated in the north. In some north Philadelphia elementary schools, nearly every child is living below the poverty line.

Grosse partnered with the National Endowment of the Arts and Amtrak to mask North Philadelphia’s hardship with a delightful view. The Wall Street Journal calls this “Fighting Urban Blight With Art”. Liz Thomas, the curator of…

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