It’s probably safe to say that nowhere has remained unaffected by the current pandemic and the restrictions and challenges that it brought. And perhaps it is areas such as culture, hospitality and the arts which have been particularly hit, anything which requires gatherings of people in small spaces such as bars, venues and art galleries, which has been affected more than most.
Cities which thrive on such creative juices have faced a particularly difficult year and it isn’t just the front line of that art scene which has struggled, all of the supporting businesses from a Berlin ticket agency to a Tokyo music shop to a los angeles moving company to the artists themselves, have felt the fall out. And beyond the obvious, everything from Miami boat tours to oregon wine tasting rooms, from global sports to local theatre have all been rethinking the way that the work.
But perhaps one of the silver-linings of such restrictions has been people’s abilities to navigate around such obstacles, to really earn the title of “creative” by adapting to the new landscape and adopting new ways of working. On-line gigs, streamed theatre productions, podcasts and embracing art which can happen in open spaces has
ensured that not only will artistic endeavours survive they will evolve into new forms.
And many businesses are embracing the potential of the on-line world, where they can, real money is being replaced by automatic transactions, perhaps ushering in a truly moneyless age, especially now that such avenues offer the same flexibility that the physical commercial world does, everything from choice to customer feedback to chargeback protection and beyond.
Los Angeles has been hit hard, but like any modern, forward-thinking city, its creatives and visionaries are thinking around such problems to move towards a new normal, or at least a different normal. And that is how society and civilization evolves.