The Five Points Reading series, curated by Nikki Darling and Kate Wolf, is officially a regular thing. Thank you to everyone who came out to hear new work by Andrew Berardini, Travis Diehl, Tamara Sussman, Claire Titelman and Sarah Wang. Don’t miss next month’s literary event, sure to be packed with with beer, cookies and good company – sign up on our mailing list for details.

2 Responses to “5 Points: #2 (Dec 5th, 8:30pm)”

  1. Noche Says:

    Hello gentrifiers. Welcome to the neighborhood.

  2. abk Says:

    Rather than erasing the anonymous comment above, we at workspace would like to take this opportunity to present some of our own thoughts on gentrification and our relatively recent presence in Lincoln Heights. We acknowledge that spaces like ours, run by people like us, are often the first signs of gentrification. But, we also recognize that gentrification is a complex process. Simple accusations and reactionary antagonism does little to avert the often unavoidable onslaught of development or the uncomfortable changes neighborhoods undergo over time as more affluent people move into areas of lower income.

    Workspace is an artist-run, not-for-any-profit venue that shares its space with two artist studios. We cannot be accused of any of the particular ills associated with gentrification (raising tax brackets, increased property prices, declining diversity) although we are surely part of a larger force. The storefront was vacant before we came, we encourage neighborhood involvement in all our activity and we don’t make any money. On the contrary, we try to support local businesses and have in fact befriended all our immediate neighbors.

    Gentrification can slowly but surely destroy the most lively parts of a city. We have seen this story before, and have actually been involved in activist movements to temper the ills of irresponsible development and blind gentrification. We believe that all neighborhoods, if they have any life in them at all, are always changing in some way. If people are aware of their role in these evolutions, and they sincerely engage with their growing and changing community, then the competing interests find common ground and can struggle instead for a common good.

    We invite everyone who cares about the future of Lincoln Heights and the Five Points neighborhood to contact us and discuss these issues : info@workspace2601.com or stop by…

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