Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on October 27th, 2005 at 11:31 am
[see this post for background on this issue]
After much back and forth, it seems the City has ultimately succeeded in destroying the soul of the Alberta community. I met with Dingo at the Clown House a few days ago and things seemed to be “OK”. Much of the random parts and bikes were gone but there were still enough tall bikes, circus props and other things in the yard that it felt like potential for a re-birth was possible.
However, in the most recent update, the City has said, “everything must go”. The stage, all the bikes, everything but “the lounge chairs,” according to Dingo. This is a huge shock to me because I thought there was a chance for everyone to get on the same page and figure out a more amicable solution. I had a productive (I thought) conversation with the head of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Jimmy Brown.
Last Thursday on Alberta will never be the same.
Who is behind this complaint?
Why can’t there be some mediation before such a rich cultural asset is destroyed in the name of yuppification?
What can we all do to save the Clown House?
I hope there is still hope we can somehow save one of this city’s true cultural treasures. Please let these people know how you feel about this situation:
- Jesse Beason, Senior Policy Director to Sam Adams
Phone: (503) 823-4128
- Jimmy Brown, Director, Office of Neighborhood Involvement
- Dingo the Clown
Don’t forget to stay in touch with Dingo’s blog for all the latest…and stay tuned to this space for more info as it becomes available.
Click here to see all my Clown House coverage.