Art Supply Store ARCH Gets Eviction Notice, Artists Displaced Too

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Wendy MacNaughton
... evictions.

First the eviction notices came for the galleries at 77 and 49 Geary, then Root Division was priced out of their Mission space, followed by layoffs at Intersection for the Arts, and FLAX's eviction. Now, another blow comes to the San Francisco art community -- after 13 years, the Potrero Hill art store ARCH has received an eviction notice, says KQED.

According to the the article, the building will undergo extensive renovations, which will displace the art store and studio spaces. One artist displaced in this eviction is none other than Wendy MacNaughton, whose Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words captures the authentic side of San Francisco residents. The store is hoping to stay in business at another location and serve the needs of the S.F. art community, which, unfortunately, appears to be dwindling by the day.

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marcos
marcos

My firm was considering Mulesoft as an enterprise service bus.  Evicting the Branstein gallery makes that software simply too expensive.

bsaunders2
bsaunders2

I am frustrated with the black and white arguments over this. One of the problems is that SF was so cheap for so long that people and organizations made "low rent" their strategy. Nonprofits based their models around a supply of people who didn't need to be paid much. People made no plans to buy (and many people could have done so in 1980 or 1990) because they assumed they could live out their lives in cheap rentals. Ditto small businesses. A city filled with wealthy tech workers and a city in permanent recession with cheap rents are not the only two options! Never were.

Lea-Anne Smith
Lea-Anne Smith

Extremely sad. ARCH was there for me when I lost PEARL.

Luca Columbu
Luca Columbu

Tech is all good but a city without good art can't be a good fun place to live

Jason Grohman
Jason Grohman

Get a grip SF. Without artist this city NOTHING! Besides a bridge and old stories about ARTISTS & MUSICIANS.

Jay Barncord
Jay Barncord

Wake up S.F. this greed and tech money is taking what we all love about this beautiful city.

Anne Wallace
Anne Wallace

That is so disheartening. Though I moved away some years ago, I was always comforted in the knowledge that ARCH exists.

Jose De Dios
Jose De Dios

IT'S like we are living 2000 all over again! The rental market raised prices and it ran like crazy for about 1.5 years then the world heard a loud F( )CK#N POP... The Dot-Com bubble burst! It's on it's way again, when? Nobody actually knows, however just remember to follow the money - and now it's coming from all over the world! Recap, of our experience with the dot-com bubble-- We had a night club - in SF, that lost the lease to a dot-com'er that paid x6 our monthly Rent! Then, a few months later POP-COM.... LOL! ALL THE MONEY DRIED UP! You couldn't scrape twenty cents together from the Angels, or VC's - THE BIG MONEY StOPPED FLOWING! Do some research and you'll read that the Institutional money "Churches, retirement funds, etc... stopped sending money to the L.P.'s, VC's etc... Anywho, the landlord called us back, asking, can we return? It's destined to happen again... Just when --- really nobody really KNOWS! THEREFORE I SAY ENJOY THE MOBILE BUBBLE WHILES IT LASTS!

JoJo DeRodrigo
JoJo DeRodrigo

What community? The wealthy or the homeless? They are the only two categories in SF these days!

Pirouz Mṫ
Pirouz Mṫ

Jerry, I don't think you know what an artist is.

Jerry Smith
Jerry Smith

"Greed"? ...hmmm, so called artists WANT others to pay to sustain their indulging in their hobbies, now, that's greed. ... They aren't as authentic as they so pretentiously portend.

Jeff Spirer
Jeff Spirer

San Francisco will soon be a wealthy version of Soviet-era Warsaw.

Barbara Blackie
Barbara Blackie

Head for the hills! Greed will win in the end. (Forced out 16 years ago...)

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