[Hpn] Kicking it at the Washington Shoe building

unclescam unclescam@buskers.org
Sun, 30 Apr 2000 22:58:49 -0400

send lawyers fun n money. it's the same the whole world over n over n over .

Anitra Freeman wrote:

> On Sun, 30 Apr 2000, unclescam wrote:
> > wow......
> >      a question or two. how many artists were in this building for how
> > long ? commercial artists or real ones ?
> There were 90 low-income artists up until eviction notices were issued.
> (The building is being renovated for dot.com offices, with a mega-condo
> on the top floor.)
> > i've been involved with several
> > loft/industrial buildings and was always under the impression that real
> > artists start the squat, commercial artists jump at the cachet and ruin it
> > for the rest by yupping the joint into being noticed as a viable rental
> > site. this drives out the original "squatters" either thru higher rents or
> > the closing of the building for renovations the commercials can afford. is
> > this the occurance here ?
> That is a very common story, I agree.  Here in Belltown, though, we
> have a case of developers moving in on *everything" -- churches,
> missions, low-income housing, small stores, low-rent office space -- and
> turning it into new condos, boutiques, high-tech offices and fancy
> restaurants.
> >       a third, has to do with the homelessness of the artists. are there
> > now homeless artists due to this eviction or did they all find places to
> > be themselves and just lose studio space?
> I'm not sure about all of them, but I know some are now homeless.  They
> were living and working in their space.
> What I've also been told is that by local law a landlord who evicts
> tenants so that the property can be renovated has to provide relocation
> assistance.  It's part of the expense of renovation.  The owners of the
> Shoe building are trying to get around this by insisting that nobody
> there is a legal tenant.
> Write On! / Anitra L. Freeman / http://www.speakeasy.org/~anitra/
> "Never doubt that a small group of imperfect people can improve the
> world--indeed they are the only ones who ever have." Not Margaret Mead