By Jesse Gotfrit on Lotus Land
Red Gate’s current neighbourhood, between Strathcona and Clark on Hastings St., is already experiencing the same development, and Red Gate is yet again planning a move. “Our whole block has been bought up, and there’s huge condo development going on a block away”. This is a disappointment for Red Gate, since according to Rose, “the new address has worked out really well so far, and is really great in of itself and for shows.”
However, now that their lease is up, they have to pay rent month to month, which jeopardizes their longevity and impedes their ability to apply for grants or make long term plans. Rose explains that the situation of Red Gate is not exceptional, and that other arts collectives and venues constantly face similar kinds of problem, offering the example of Vancouver Art and Leisure, a venue for LGBTQ+ nightlife, which has faced the same instability due to elevated property values.