I’m on the board of Franklinton Fridays, opening up Franklinton to make it a little less scary a place. Maybe people feel like they can come down, have a drink, have dinner, see artists whose studios are open, making it fun to be a part of this community. It’s not really artificial feeling, it’s been very organic the way it’s formed and for us, as artists, we’re the ones who Franklinton Fridays to actually be something. We’re were like, “We want something to happen.” And guess who’s going to make it happen? We are. If you don’t work to help create, there won’t be opportunities for others.
I don’t know if there’s anything holding it back, except a little bit of fear. A scene like Franklinton could get too big, too fast, and the artists could abandon it. That’s one of the things you hear over and over when artists talk about the Short North, because they feel that parts of it have become commercial versus small business.
You can live and work here, and it doesn’t cost as much as living in Portland or Chicago. You can do anything from here.