Blessed Are the Makers: The Rise and Fall of 3rd Ward

The sudden collapse last week of art center and studio/co-working space 3rd Ward unceremoniously revealed the incompetence with which the company was managed and its frighteningly anemic cash flows. But the DIY conglomerate’s rise since 2006 brings up some altogether more challenging questions about the uneasy alliance between businessmen and the “creative communities” they cultivate.