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Revisiting LA’s Contested Development: Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Shapes Its New Neighborhood, for Better and Worse

by Lauren McQuade
Walking down the nonlinear streets in Downtown’s Arts District, Traction Avenue looks about the same today as it did two weeks ago, but it’s changed a lot from how it looked last summer, when I first reported on the gentrification and development of the area.  Storefronts and tenants continue to shuffle—the retail space 12345 once occupied has sat empty with a “For Lease” sign in its window since August; District Gallery is gone; Traction Avenue Gallery closed down a few months back. And these... [more]
Posted by Lauren McQuade on 4/20/16
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Bushwick Street Art: Community, Class, Politics and Crochetgate

by Jamie Keesling
A week from my deadline, I was regretting the assignment I’d asked for: an article about street art in Bushwick. The source of my slowly developing dread about the piece, apart from the challenge of avoiding the issue of gentrification as a central consideration, was my sense of inadequacy as a journalist. I tend to get distracted and lose sight of the angle, and I hate conducting ad hoc interviews. So instead of scheduling meetings and striking up convos with local residents, and with plenty... [more]
Posted by Jamie Keesling on 10/7/15
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Contested Development: One Person's Growth Is Another's Destruction

by Lauren McQuade
The Arts District farmers' market in Los Angeles is a recent addition to a small but growing community wedged between Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River. Since June of last year, local sellers, artisans and patrons gather at what is known as the Triangle, or Joel Bloom Square—within sight of what was once legendary West Coast punk venue Al’s Bar.  Al’s opened its doors in 1979 to a sparse population of artists who had been working, and often living illegally, in the decaying warehouses... [more]
Posted by Lauren McQuade on 7/8/15
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Evol Brings East Berlin to Chelsea, with Talk of Gentrification

by Stephanie Berzon
Gentrification is the big bad wolf in the modern day urban party. Never formally invited, it heard of the gathering by word of mouth and will restlessly attempt to enter even if it has to blow the entire structure down. No one likes it—neither the apologetic gentrifier nor the displaced community who lack enough financial clout or power to resist or keep up with the shift. It barrels forward as if it has no memory of itself, all history lessons completely erased. After it passes, the area has a... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Berzon on 7/1/15
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Coney Island's Art Walls: Conversation or Spectacle?

by Eva Recinos
Lying somewhere on the spectrum between an amusement park and seaside resort, Coney Island attracts tourists with its boardwalk, rides, and more. But the visiting spectator might not know so much about the residential community of nearly 60,000 people who live within this area.  Hoping to add a cultural currency to the historic tourist spot, this summer Coney Art Walls presents more than 20 temporary walls painted by artists like Miss Van, Lady Pink, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Futura, and... [more]
Posted by Eva Recinos on 6/26/15
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Berlin on the Brink: The rent is too damn high—but the art's pretty damn good at Berlin Art Week

by Jesi Khadivi
A green banner spans a cream-colored adjacent my local organic grocery store in Schöneberg: APARTMENTS FOR SALE. Above the banner, tenants have hung green signs in their windows, enacting a checkerboard of protest that mines the graphic identity of the brokerage firm presumably trying to sell them out. I stop to read them. Rented—we have lived here 3 years! Rented—we have lived here 45 years! Rented—we have lived here 78 years! The last sign makes me feel slightly ill, so I chase down a... [more]
Posted by Jesi Khadivi on 9/14/14
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Artists and Gentrification: Don't Let Action Dissolve into Discourse

by Sonja Hornung
Whether you’re “poor but sexy” in Berlin, or “rich but sexy” in Hamburg[1], creativity brings people together, attracts tourists, and keeps investor money flowing into the real estate market. How do artists, cultural producers and activists deal with their complicity in the production and marketing of the city? In the Berlin project space , concerned members of Berlin's independent art scene recently met with their Hamburg counterparts to sit down and compare stories. The meeting was hosted by... [more]
Posted by Sonja Hornung on 2/24/14
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