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For around here, he seems to be a big-time guy in terms of metropolitan sophistication and vibrant cultural awareness. I was interested to realize exactly which building his office/studio was located in, and that he appreciated presence in the area of little galleries like Motel (article mentions it's now closed) and the bigger gallery across the street that sells anime related stuff and limited production sneakers, but also featured exciting art upstairs. And of course, Chinatown/Old Town has a bunch more even lower overhead outlets for art in the area than these two.

Those kinds of galleries represent an important opportunity for lots of people that aren't going to have much of a shot in the Pearl.

I hope Chinatown/Old Town somehow is somehow able to expand and sustain it's grassroots arts emphasis and accessibility to low overhead, low capital investment gallery operators. I think this is essential to avoid the stale predictability that befalls some areas where infinitely rising property values are allowed to lead and define such an areas character.

John Jay sounds as though he might be the kind of guy that understands the importance of wide ranging social representation in the urban population mix. Chinatown/Old Town could become a little more savory from a social services standpoint, but it would stupid and inadvisable to support some kind of movement to displace existing social services and the people they represent from the area.

Clean up too much of these kinds of areas gritty life reality and away goes some important inspiration. Left remaining, often tends to be just another cozy place for people with a lot of money to spend in safe, familiarity.


From what I understand a lot of the social service providers either own their buildings (central city concern) or have long term leases.


I think you mean Andy Ricker. Andy Richter is a comedian.


Nice piece on an interesting fellow. Funny no mention of the public spaces though that go along with the future of China Town such as the new festival streets or the CHINESE GARDENS! It's always about buildings isn't it?


I think it is fantastic that John Jay as well as others are putting new energy into Old Town/Chinatown. It is a very exciting time for a neighborhood with so much history and character.

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