Monday, January 19, 2009
And He Was
I don't often sing the praises of David Byrne. This is a man who founded one of the most influential bands in the history of music, then just abandoned it all for a life of pretentiousness. (or so I say) Here is something from yesterday's New York Times that made me forget "The Knee Plays" for a few minutes. It was part of an article that asked New Yorkers to submit their ideas for an Obama "To-Do List."
Here is Byrne's entry:
The educational system needs a huge influx of money. Schoolteachers should all be paid twice what they get now, as they are the ones who will make this city financially and socially livable in the future. An educated generation will create, will be employed, will be healthier and more involved. Crime will diminish, so money will be saved there as well as on welfare and unemployment (assuming there will be any jobs out there to be had). After a while, I think, the benefits will outweigh the costs.
I like that. It certainly seems a bit more thought out than Florent Morrellet's idea of "a car-free Broadway that extends from Central Park to Union Square, then down University Place to Washington Square. That could be our emerald boulevard," but what do I know?