February 26, 2010

Chinese Artists Protest Eviction

BEIJING — Nearly two dozen artists protesting the forced demolition of their homes and studios marched through the ceremonial heart of the capital before the police intervened and prevented them from reaching Tiananmen Square, the artists said Tuesday.

The fight over the future of Beijing’s artist villages coincides with soaring real estate values and ugly scuffles over land expropriation, several of which have led to the suicides of those facing eviction. Widely publicized in the media, the suicides have helped prompt the government to consider modifying the nation’s urban redevelopment regulations.

–Andrew Jacobs, The New York Times

…because state-controlled gentrification is a sure way to prevent a housing crisis…

Full story & Reuters video clip at NYTimes.com. Also on the Guardian.

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