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First Friday, Occupy, and the fucking pigs

What a thriving local economy looks like

First Friday/Art Murmer has grown over the course of years, from a small subculture gathering to an internationally renowned event. Living a stone’s throw from it’s epicenter I had an intimate familiarity with the monthly event from its earliest days, but no personal interest. It was an exhibition of what many call Hipster Gentrification, and found myself culturally disinclined. I’m grateful for any activity on that stretch of Telegraph, which was dangerously dark and inactive before a building owner, Haig Mardikian, implemented a strategy to improve the area by cultivating … Continued

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