Artists often play an uncomfortable role in real estate and gentrification. Someone has to paint those graffiti walls in the condo lobbies, but few artists can afford to actually live in such places. A lot of people came away feeling like it's more urgent than ever for artists to organize, Ms Dalton said of the series. Artists used to be able to resist gentrification, he told me. Mr Hamilton sees gentrification as not just a literal event, but also as a metaphor for growing old.