Doc Explores Roles Artists Play In Gentrification

(via) This short documentary film from The Atlantic is called “Gentrification ‘Without The Negative’ in Columbus, Ohio”. It details how a group of artists took over a derelict, multi-storey industrial building and turned it into a thriving community of creatives. If the loose artist’s collective looks strikingly familiar, it could be because Vancouver has something very similar: 1000 Parker Street Studios (located on the southern periphery of Strathcona).

Nearly a quarter of the homes in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio are vacant. In 2011, an arts group moved into an abandoned factory in the area to create 400 West Rich Street, a community that now leases space to woodworkers, performance artists, a coffee shop, painters, sculptors, and others. This short documentary considers the artists who work in 400 West Rich Street, why the space attracted them, and what it means for revitalization of the neighborhood.

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