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Stop Being Nice And Other Activist Strategies At The Brooklyn Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification and Displacement

by Emily Colucci on July 27, 2016
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Is gentrification inevitable? Or is that just a myth perpetrated by greedy real estate developers and politicians who seek to gain from residents’ fear and inaction? The answer is undoubtedly the latter if Sunday’s Brooklyn Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification and Displacement is any indication.

The anti-gentrification conference shattered the notion that gentrification is a “done deal,” as panel moderator and Director of Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development Tom Angotti described. Held at the Brooklyn Museum, activists and community organizers, instead, offered a glimmer of hope for displaced and threatened communities.

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The Real Estate Blues Again: ”If you can’t afford to live here, mo-o-ve!!” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

by Emily Colucci on June 29, 2016
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One of the first works you see in Martha Rosler’s exhibition If you can’t afford to live here, mo-o-ve!! is a dark and ominous portrait of Donald Trump. Leaning against a wall, the Trump tableau sits behind three glass bottles filled with urine. Is the piece a biting comment on Trump’s pissant Republican presidential campaign? Is it a playful but terrifying foreshadowing of his future official White House portrait?

Andrew Castrucci’s Untitled (Donald Trump) is neither. A quick glance at a nearby wall label confirms Castrucci’s Trump was painted in 1986. Created well before Trump’s presidential ambitions, Castrucci’s work instead critiques Trump as a reckless developer gobbling up large swaths of New York and Atlantic City real estate. As relevant then as it is now, Untitled (Donald Trump) reveals the uncanny confusion between the past and present that runs rampant throughout Rosler’s overstuffed exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

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Young Professionals Can Now Pay to Live With a Brooklyn Artist

by Michael Anthony Farley on February 19, 2016
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A new housing scheme to bring young professionals to Crown Heights with shared short-term rentals has a unique amenity: an artist roommate!

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Miami’s Art Scene Looks to Ownership for Longevity

by Michael Anthony Farley on January 27, 2016
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In nearly every city, the art world is feeling the pinch from rising rents and a dwindling supply of large, affordable spaces for making or exhibiting work. But in Miami, a growing number of gallerists are opting to buy their own real estate—putting the breaks on a cycle of gentrification and the instability that comes with renting.

And they’re leaving Wynwood—until recently the undisputed center of Miami’s gallery scene—in droves. Many gallerists, studios, and artists are looking north to Little Haiti to rent or buy. I sat down with Brook Dorsch (of gallery Emmerson Dorsch), Nina Johnson-Milewski (of Gallery Diet), and the couple Annie Berkowitz and Jordan Trachtenberg, who recently opened the new &gallery in a building they bought for their own design and real estate offices. Collectively, they’re transforming a suburban-looking stretch of NW 2nd Ave into Miami’s latest—and permanent—arts neighborhood. We discussed the merits of property ownership and strategies for making it more accessible to Miami’s art community.

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Space-Squeezed Boston Artists Find Room in SoWa

by Michael Anthony Farley on July 1, 2015
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In Boston’s South End, a real-estate developer is incubating an art neighborhood. Whether or not this offers a sustainable future for artists in the city is unclear, but there is some good work on display.

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With New York Affordable Housing Laws Set to Expire, Students and Residents Rally

by Paul Brown on May 29, 2015
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“We don’t have time to be fractured in our response to gentrification,” said Rachel LaForest of the Right to the City Alliance in the opening remarks. “We need more than solidarity, we need strategy-building and action.’’

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