A Space for Us

Resisting gentrification and artist displacement: Evans Contemporary, and the making and undoing of a downtown art scene

On April 3, a landmark decision was narrowly passed by City Council on behalf of developer Parkview Homes and the owners of the Black Horse and Pig’s Ear Taverns to forgo heritage designations on the two popular watering holes, ignoring the recommendations of city staff, the Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (PACAC), the Electric City Culture Council (EC3), historian Elwood Jones of Trent Valley Archives, and a host of arts and culture supporters. The decision sets a precedent that is likely to have a profound impact on the future of the downtown and its lively arts community.

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Photo: Paolo Fortin