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Jules de Balincourt Issues Call to Arms Against Bushwick Gentrification

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on June 9, 2013
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Tired of being flushed out of their studios and homes, this time, artists have decided to fight for their stake in Bushwick.

Artists William Powhida and Jules de Balincourt—both all-too-familiar with Brooklyn developers—have been stoking the flames over Facebook and Twitter this week, to a whirlwind of response. They’re proposing the collective purchase of studio building, a project similar to that of Chicago based artist Theaster Gates. Gates, has been gathering multi source funding to buy and repurpose buildings, using a combination of non-profit funding and private investment. Given the trends in Soho, Chelsea, the Lower East Side, and Williamsburg, artists need feasible plans like Gates’ to maintain and build enclaves in New York.

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