There are certain conditions necessary for bohemianism. It tends to require a forgotten part of the city, there have been times when that has been somewhere central but it doesn’t have to be, in New York now it certainly isn’t. So you need a domain, you need the right space. You need a mixing of the classes, you need at least two genders, it needs an intergenerational component, it needs a commitment to experimentation with gender roles and sexuality, it needs inter-race and inter-ethnic dialogue as well. It’s about carving out a zone where those things can happen and it needs to be based on a refusal of the bourgeois definition of success. Now in the long-run people do succeed out of it into exactly that, but the coordinates of it are something else.
― McKenzie Wark, Via