Arts Entrepreneur Is Evicting Longtime Residents to Create Artist Housing in San Francisco
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Arts Entrepreneur Is Evicting Longtime Residents to Create Artist Housing in San Francisco

500 Capp Street Foundation (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) When Carlie Wilmans bought David Ireland ’s former home in San Francisco’s Mission District, there were laudatory articles saying that she had saved the legacy of the conceptual artist (who died in 2009). Wilmans, a board member at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the California College of the Arts, bought the house at 500 Capp Street in 2008 for $895,000 to preserve Ireland’s work. She then formed the nonprofit 500 Capp Street Foundation and opened it to the public in 2016. When she bought it, Wilmans told a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle : “ I knew if it went on the market a developer would come and snap it up. I’m familiar with the gentrification process in the Mission.” Now Wilmans seems to be on the other side of that gentrification process. She also owns a duplex adjacent to the David Ireland House and has started proceedings to evict the six tenants from the 20th Street residence — a woman in her 80s, her adult child, adult grandchildren, and some of their spouses. An email from Wilmans said she’s away from her desk […]

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