Gentrification: Artists in Emeryville Saw It Coming

January 2, 2015 5:50 PM

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Ann Weber, a sculptor from Emeryville, California, one of the rapidly emerging "creative cities" author Richard Florida talks about in The Rise of the Creative Class, is just ending her "artist in residency" at the LUX Institute in Encinitas, CA. She is going home to her live/work studio in Emeryville, California, an unusual coop that provides affordable artist-owned housing.

Started in 1973, it has "grown from a dozen studios in one converted warehouse building to nearly 60 studios in three buildings." The artists renovated obsolete industrial warehouses into live/work spaces, and now offer tours to those living or just visiting Emeryville--thereby enriching the city of...

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