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Re: “Noodling Around

as a former resident of the noodle, this article makes me laugh. i love how it focuses on miss dana and her epiphany to make a better artist community. the experience the residents had of a new building was one of false hope. as residents we held meetings, everyone being an artist or activist gave their input. the california landtrust came in with their corporate people and came to everyone's apartment and asked us to dream our perfect spaces. they interviewed US real artists for a vision... a cafe, a stage performance area, nooks in our live/work apartments, sound proof studios. these were the ideas of the residents of the noodle. And to top it off, they said if we went through their program, we as artists could get loans to purchase our spaces. turns out that the process we went through is the same process that every tom, dick, and harry has to go through to get a mortgage loan. there was nothing artist-special about it. looking on the noodle website, the apartment i lived in upstairs has now been converted into several studio apartments. my favorite is the downstairs apartment that has now been changed into 4 little apartments. got that, one big apartment is now 4 apartments.
when we left the noodle, some residents who tried for their loans were told they would be put up somewhere else until the building was made right ... i've kept in touch with several people who have since then had to make new lives. thanks for forcing people out. i believe that this is just another 'push the poor out' and have some doctors wife who loves painting move in, just like every other building in the area. i am thankful for one thing though, i was able to finish the mortgage program with another landtrust and my partner and i purchased our first home 2 years ago. i hope for dana's sake, this all works out. she was always stressed out and emotional, crying and furious. good luck new noodlers! the building is super cool. AND good luck to the railroad deli, i spoke with the couple and they are moving their cafe into the noodle factory... they're great, but not really artists, but i guess anyone with money can be part of getting dana out of the hole.

Posted by jennifer on 09/02/2008 at 11:04 AM

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