20+ ARTISTS HAVE BEEN EVICTED FROM 128 BROOKSIDE.
SIGN THE PETITION to tell developers: protect and preserve 128 Brookside as space for working artists
(Copy of the letter we received to vacate the building)
The Brookside-Green street neighborhood is one of the last undeveloped and affordable areas in JP and an environment naturally suited for the creative community to colonize and thrive in as it has since the 1980’s. Due to the City’s insatiable demand for more housing it has targeted the area along the Washington Street corridor for redevelopment and our building stands directly in its path. In the last year we’ve watched as the surrounding area has been gobbled up by developers displacing scores of individuals and small business and in the process decimating the JP creative community.
128 Brookside Ave.
128 Brookside is a building of non-residential studios which is intended primarily for use as workspaces for artists who are renting spaces. As a community of artists we are dedicated to maintaining safe and affordable workspaces and creating a supportive and creative environment for artists in all disciplines, and at all stages of artistic development.
While embracing a spirit of independence and tolerance for individuality, we aim to abide by guiding principles of respect and responsibility. We intend to be kind and considerate of the other renters’ safety, health, space, sanity, property, and creative practice.
We are asking for your help on behalf of the 50 some-odd artists in the Brookside-Green street neighborhood that are an integral part of the fabric of this community – not just for us, but for all who love Jamaica Plain for its creative and diverse spirit.