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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Can this bus outrun Echo Park gentrification?

The Echo Park Film Center purchased an old bus two years ago and converted it into a traveling classroom and theater. But the blue FilmMobile might also one day serve as an escape vehicle from rising rents and other gentrification forces, the film center’s Lisa Marr told Eastside Living:

“The bus is also a model for us to deal with potential gentrification here, if we end up not being able to afford a site,” said Marr. “The reality is that property values in this neighborhood are going up and the last time we had a lease change we had to do some serious negotiations to stay here. We need to think creatively about how we can still do what we do. Who knows what the future holds.”

The EPFC and the neighboring Machine Project both faces challenges to keep their mix of arts and activism alive. More in Eastside Living.

Photo: FilmMobile



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