696 seems to be getting loads of publicity about its hopefully-not-emminent-but-more-than-likely-emminent shutdown at the end of march.
maybe the publicity will get its demolition avoided compeletely by the ones behind the decision.
“with their leases expiring at the end of march, this could be the beginning of the end for weihai 696’s artistic identity… 696 weihai lu [known by its residents as weihai 696] is a shallow nongtang that’s home to dozens of artist studios, small galleries and creative enterprises. with news that the buildings are being sold, artists and art fans are bracing for the possibility that the area will be cleared out, perhaps as soon as march … while many suspect that they will have to leave when their leases expire they don’t know that for sure. the jing’an district government hasn’t divulged any information about what it intends to do with weihai 696… if that happens, it’s unclear what new chapter will be added to the history of an address that has purportedly been an opium and fabric trader’s residence, a factory for radio parts, a cluster of car parts dealerships and, most recently, a wonderful artists’ enclave…”
read more on cnn’s website here.