Mr. Lowry, please allow me to express that, if, based solely on your judgment, you decided to tear down a swath of Manhattan for the sake of progress or for the sake of art, you would have my full confidence for such a decision.
The art world is swept up by artists who are eager to "make a difference." I like to think of them as drone artists. They swarm the art world with killer-bee tactics to saturate it with their "socially engaged" art, co-opting real and risky political activism to further their careers.
Unlike my early days in New York, I no longer roam the boroughs attending opening after opening, party after party, all night conversations in some random artist loft/apartment/space (the after after party). It sounds great because it was great. It was also more distracting than inspiring.