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Old 12-08-2013, 01:38 PM
 
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I became aware of the artist relocation program in Cumberland and in Frostburg.

First, I wanted to ask what the arts community is like in this area, and if there really are a lot of artists there.

Second, I wanted to ask about the economic situation of the area. I think I've read that the area is very depressed.

Overall, what is the feel of Cumberland? Would it be an interesting place for an artist to live?
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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1. Yes there are many artists in Cumberland. What are they like? All over the place, just like you would expect artists to be Most of them are not from the area, but are able to live very well here because of the low COL. Many of the artists live downtown in combination lofts/art studios.

2. Economically, the area is pretty depressed. Good jobs are hard to find, and we have been losing population steadily since the 1950s. I love this area, but it would be hard to move here without a job (or source of income) already set up.

3. Feel - Well, the natural scenery is gorgeous. Just google search Cumberland and look at the photos. We are a small compact city in the middle of the mountains. Our architecture is great too, since Cumberland was the 2nd largest city for a time in the state and very prosperous during the late 19th, and early 20th century.

The area can feel very rundown to some. There are neighborhoods with many abandoned/poorly maintained houses, and a large part of the population is poor and some exhibit the trappings you would expect (neck tattoos, loud cursing in public, pants that don't fit, etc.)

It all depends on where you go and who you know.
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:34 AM
 
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Artist relocation program in Cumberland ---A most excellent idea. With a little luck, Cumberland could turn into a mini-Asheville, NC, or Hood River, Or., down the road.

The good thing -- the scrum with neck tattoos and baggy pants are forced out of the area or into the shacks on the outskirts of town.

The bad thing -- The yuppies eventually invade and flaunt their ability to pay/purchase and property values/taxes soar, eventually forcing the 4th and 5th generation working-class folks to join those with the neck tattoos.


Sad but true.....
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:26 PM
 
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Artist relocation program in Cumberland ---A most excellent idea. With a little luck, Cumberland could turn into a mini-Asheville, NC, or Hood River, Or., down the road.

The good thing -- the scrum with neck tattoos and baggy pants are forced out of the area or into the shacks on the outskirts of town.

The bad thing -- The yuppies eventually invade and flaunt their ability to pay/purchase and property values/taxes soar, eventually forcing the 4th and 5th generation working-class folks to join those with the neck tattoos.


Sad but true.....
I can't see the yuppies invading Cumberland ... not when you're over an hour to pretty much anything resembling an okay to decent economy.

Also, looking at the demographics for Hagerstown City's schools, they yuppies haven't yet conquered there. Once Hagerstown starts improving the way Frederick has between the 1980s and the present, then yeah, Cumberland's "next." But that might not be for decades.

Retirees, sure. People who have small work-from-home businesses, sure. People who work in healthcare, education, the building trades, or anything that is needed anywhere, sure.

It is beautiful out that way though.
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Old 12-25-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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I can't see the yuppies invading Cumberland ... not when you're over an hour to pretty much anything resembling an okay to decent economy.

Also, looking at the demographics for Hagerstown City's schools, they yuppies haven't yet conquered there. Once Hagerstown starts improving the way Frederick has between the 1980s and the present, then yeah, Cumberland's "next." But that might not be for decades.

Retirees, sure. People who have small work-from-home businesses, sure. People who work in healthcare, education, the building trades, or anything that is needed anywhere, sure.

It is beautiful out that way though.

You're probably correct. I haven't lived in the area long enough to give it a truly educated assessment. Here is what I do know though : Cumberland has a fantastic stock-load of vintage homes for next to nothing. The same can be said for the commercial sector.

The type of yuppies I am familiar with on the west coast would drool over this. They are educated to know that these homes--when restored--- are far superior to the cracker box trac home developments that are spread about the burbs.

Have you visited the Allegany Arts council website? They have a very good program going on.....and I have to say I shocked at the amount of artists who live in Cumberland.

I gotta tell you....I watched artists---not Nike or HP--- turn Portland Oregon into a DIY,trendy mecca. I watched North Portland go from a complete rundown slum with boarded up Victorians and crips running around all over the place, to an absolute beautiful, vibrant, home-grown, live&work kinda place. It all started with cheap rent and a few artists. I wish Martinsburg would adopt a similar program.
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