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La Bodega Art Gallery Closing Amid Ongoing Concerns Over Gentrification In Barrio Logan

A woman walks in front of the La Bodega Gallery in Barrio Logan, Dec. 5, 2019.

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Above: A woman walks in front of the La Bodega Gallery in Barrio Logan, Dec. 5, 2019.

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After six years in the neighborhood, the gallery will host its final art show Saturday.

Aired: December 10, 2019 | Transcript

One of the art galleries that helped create a thriving arts district in Barrio Logan is shutting down.

After six years in the neighborhood, La Bodega Gallery is closing its doors this month and will host its final art show Saturday. Owners say the landlord raised the rent so they can no longer afford to stay in the space. But while the gallery owners and landlord signed a non-disclosure agreement, which keeps them from discussing the details of recent lease negotiations, the landlord maintains there was no rent increase.

La Bodega will be the second gallery in Barrio Logan to close in recent months.

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La Bodega owner Soni Lopez-Chavez and Mary Jhun, a local artist with a studio in Barrio Logan, joined Midday Edition on Monday to talk about ongoing concerns over gentrification in Barrio Logan and what, if anything, can be done to create a vibrant arts scene that does not push people out.

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