From the Reporter
The Story
More than a decade ago, the local government tried to keep veteran arts organization Sushi from being swept out of East Village during its revitalization.
The Clash
When Sushi came back to East Village in 2008, the band of artists that had always had its reign of downtown now had neighbors. The new denizens of downtown weren’t so inclined towards buying tickets, nor to overhearing the performances’ noise. Sushi closed its doors in June.
The Bigger Picture
Sushi’s story lends a look at the wrinkles that come with pushing neighborhoods destined for condos, bars and parking garages to save room for arts and culture. The strings that come with that government investment leave complicated questions about what comes next when the first experiment breaks down.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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