Subject: To Honor Oakland’s Fire Victims, Save Artist Housing
I agree that Oakland could do more to preserve warehouses as live-work housing and/or performance space. City inspectors from all over the Bay Area inspect buildings used by artists and often find many safety and health violations, but do little or nothing about them until a tragedy like the Ghost Ship fire happens. If health or safety violations are found in a building used by artists for their studios, the city should sit down with the landlord and artists to work out repairs with city financial assistance, if necessary, to correct violations. After all, we must do all we can to preserve the diversity and cultural richness that artists bring to a city.
Ralph E. StoneFiled under: Letters to the Editor