To the editor:
In the December 15, 2016 HPR cover story, “Art in a Hard Place: Downtown gentrification, the good, the bad and the unaffordable,” the Kilbourne Group’s General Manager, Mike Allmendinger, pats the company on the back for its preservation efforts. “Believe it or not,” he says, “as late as 13 years ago there were still buildings being torn down … today that would never happen.”
I certainly can believe it, since the very same article tells us that two Kilbourne properties, currently in use or in development as art spaces, are both slated by the Kilbourne Group for demolition. That’s the Goodyear Tire building on Broadway, housing the recently-opened Revland Gallery and new location for Theatre B, and the old MEPS building, which is being set up as an “incubation space” for artists, who shouldn’t get too comfortable there. Apparently it’s only surprising, or wrong, when someone other than the Kilbourne Group is tearing things down.
-Karen Joan Kohoutek
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