Wednesday, June 18, 2014

LA Times Article on Overdevelopment at Bergamot Station

The Los Angeles Times article by arts reporter Mike Boehm on the overdevelopment issues which face Bergamot Station Arts Center.

"It's been 27 years since the last train rumbled into Santa Monica's Bergamot Station. For the last two decades, the former rail depot has enjoyed a second life as an arts complex, with its corrugated steel rail-yard warehouses repurposed as homes for art galleries and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

Now the trains are about to return: A new station for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Exposition Line is being built alongside the Bergamot Station arts complex. When the line opens in a year or two, it will deliver riders to the arts hub's doorstep.

Santa Monica city officials are now faced with deciding what kind of arts hub riders will step into — the funky-but-chic one that now exists or something a bit more elegant and likely to generate more substantial tax and lease revenues for the city. The question has put the art museum and the 40 other arts district tenants, most of them commercial galleries, on opposite sides of the tracks."

You can read the full article here.

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How can you help? 

Please continue your support.

- If you haven't already, PLEASE sign our PETITION NOW!
- Share the petition with friends through e-mail or on Facebook and help get the word out.
- "Like" Bergamot Station Arts Center on Facebook and stay tuned for updates on our campaign.
- Send a message to Santa Monica City Council members and tell them why you support the preservation of Bergamot Station and the survival of its tenants.

With your help we will remain a vital part of L.A.'s thriving art scene for another 50 years and more.

Thank You,

Bergamot Station Gallery Cultural Association

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