An architectural rendering of the proposed boutique hotel on New York Ave. in Northeast D.C.

An architectural rendering of the proposed boutique hotel on New York Ave. in Northeast D.C.

Artists in D.C. are no strangers to displacement amid gentrification; it’s a phenomenon that’s been happening for years, decades even. Last year, when a developer bought the property at 411 New York Ave. NE, the artists working out of the building protested their eviction; the developer went on to propose a boutique hotel which would also include artists’ studios and an art gallery–the first in the nation. But many artists are wary of the idea, and it’s sparked a discussion about the role of government and private entities in making space for artists.

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  • Tanya Hilton Interim Executive Director, Cultural DC
  • Matt Cohen Arts Editor, Washington City Paper
  • Dennis Lee President, D.B. Lee Development

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