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Artists Will Save America's Downtowns

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The New York Times profiles Rocco Landesman, the freshly-confirmed head of the National Endowment for the Arts who's not afraid to say that his budget is "pathetic" or that you can't catch a decent show in Peoria. One of his big ideas is "a program that he called 'Our Town,' which would provide home equity loans and rent subsidies for living and working spaces to encourage artists to move to downtown areas...The program would also help finance public art projects and performances and promote architectural preservation in downtown areas." The NYT says Landesman wants the money for the program to come through "public-private partnerships that enlist developers, corporations and individual investors." [NYT] [Photo via Library of Congress]