Low-Income Artist Housing At the New Mt. Baker Artist Lofts

The Stranger’s Jen Graves (Pulitzer finalist!has a great piece up on the intense competition for space at the new Mt. Baker Artist Lofts (across from Franklin High School at the Mount Baker Light Rail Station):mt._baker_station_site-20sw-opt5

The crowd that turned up for a shot at low-income artist housing this past weekend set a record—this was the biggest turnout ever for an Artspace project in Seattle, according to VP Cathryn Vandenbrink.

Two reasons were most likely: one, rocketing housing prices are, perhaps, causing people to discover their inner artists; and two, the new lofts are in a neighborhood that’s gentrifying—and artists of color were out in force to keep their neighborhood theirs.

It’s worth reading the whole thing–including some of the initial articles linked to in the post.

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