So, what was the outcome of that well-intentioned, 11th hour meeting of Ravenswood artists? Will they go with the flow and leave Ravenswood with a shrug and a smile? Will ArtWalkRavenswood correct that type-o in their dusty mission statement? It is likely that mediocrity has won this one.
Comfortable for too long, never fully united by the AWR organization, artists will leave Ravenswood one by one and in 20 years we’ll see beautifully mainatined “loft-living” spaces above Dry-Cleaner/Gourmet Coffee Shop/Holy Foods. Parking will be plentiful; property values will be up, up, up!
Artists are adaptable creatures, it is not the end of art. But, Ravenswood corridor is losing out on the potential to build a more vibrant, unique and dynamic community that would benefit a range of residents, artists and manufacturers. Oh well.