In a long and impassioned essay published by Creative Time Reports and cross-posted by the Guardian, the Talking Heads frontman and
"If young, emerging talent of all types can't find a foothold in this city, then it will be a city closer to Hong Kong or Abu Dhabi than to the rich fertile place it has historically been," he writes. "Those places might have museums, but they don't have culture. Ugh. If New York goes there – more than it already has – I'm leaving."
Although Byrne admits that he's part of the 1% he's chastising, he can credibly say that he's given most of his adult life to art and culture coming out of New York City. From his Talking Heads years to writing a book about the mechanics of music to his well-documented bike adventures, he's has a street-level view of the city's culture scenes for decades. And he appreciates many of the strides that the city - like other major towns including Los Angeles - have made in reducing crime.