This exhibition opening on September 17th through November 12th considers the issue of gentrification and how these changes impact the structure of neighborhoods. The photographs are from different cities since there is a universality in how most cities are dealing with economic issues that drive the need for additional housing and office or production spaces. Twenty images are up on the walls with more to come within the time frame of this show. Examples can be found in the Urban Interventions Gallery.
The Everett photographs include a selection suggested by the Everett Museum of History. Everett is less than 25 miles north of Seattle but is a smaller city with a different character. Boeing is there, a Naval Base is there on its waterfront, along with a college and a fairly new dynamic arts Center in the downtown historic area. Everett also is home to artists and galleries once found in Seattle.
It is the government seat for Snohomish County, a mix of small cities and towns. Everett has not quite grown in the same way as Seattle. Historic districts are marked throughout the center city with buildings to be found on the City’s register and the Federal Register of Historic Sites.
The photographs in my series concentrate on the Hewitt Avenue Historic District in the downtown area. The other photographs are examples of what I have seen over a period of years in 3 different cities.
I will talk about the work on September 17th at 5PM and on October 20th, members of the Everett Community and the History Museum will present an oral history about some of the sites photographed.