A.B. Spellman 
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Re: “Will Oakland Lose Its Artistic Soul?

Betti Ono served it's purpose... it's helped make downtown Oakland hip and cool and now it's time to get out. The City of Oakland doesn't want them there any more. That was all part of the city's design, no doubt: use the artists until "real" money comes knocking on the door. This, unfortunately, will be how it goes all over Oakland as artists who have helped make this city more attractive and exciting are ushered out, just like SF.. just like the East Village in Manhattan.. just like Wicker Park in Chicago.. and on and on.

Artists will rarely if ever own property so it's important that cities create and enforce policies that allow artists the opportunity to stay in the neighborhoods that they've helped shape. Mayor Schaaf has talked a lot about this but hasn't backed up her words with substantial actions. A very typical politician it seems she is.

Posted by A.B. Spellman on 02/19/2016 at 12:02 AM

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