As in many cities and countries, there is world of independent artists who depend on their otherwise unrecognized skills to make a living in this way. It is an accepted tourist attraction, and exposure here is a step towards being discovered by a buyer, collector or a gallery owner. Artist, Donna Lee Michas, commented - "The cumulative sadness in the park was sickening tonight", as she and other artists anticipate joining the ranks of the unemployed.
In the end, it is not really just an issue for artists. Everyone is affected by the mishandling of the economy, and the politics of greed needs to be recognized and stopped.