Could London Follow New York And Lose Its Creative Class

757 WordsJul 14, 20154 Pages
Could London follow New York and lose its creative class? Rohan Silva, a former senior policy advisor to UK prime minister David Cameron, has warned Londoners that the flow of creative people from New York to Los Angeles could be sign of things to come for the big smoke. He believes that the recent trend of creatives leaving New York due to exorbitant living costs and a lack of suitable studio space could also happen in London, and sooner rather than later! Rohan Silver has warned that the flow of creative people from New York to Los Angeles could be sign of things to come for London Silva worked for the Conservative government for nine years before establishing London 's Tech City cluster of digital businesses, introducing tax breaks for angel investors and creating the concept of entrepreneur visas. He left Downing Street in 2013 to co-found the creative workspace Second Home, which opened its first building in London last year, which Silva described as a “New type of workspace and creative hub.” Designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano, the converted carpet factory attempts to reinvent the office to reflect contemporary working habits, allowing tenants to stay after work and mingle with one another. Second Home is now planning to open a new outpost in the US, and has chosen LA over New York because Silva says “That 's where the artists and the creatives are going, and that 's what the company is about.” In preparation for the opening of its LA building, the company

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