“There’s going to be a draconian overreaction to shut everything down,” said Dunn, 42, who has attended events at the collective in the Fruitvale neighborhood. “That would only add to the tragedy.”
“People are getting worried (the fire) is gonna be used against us,” said Katelyn Charvoz, of West Oakland. The 25-year-old said she’s been involved in the music/party scene since she was about 15. “The city’s gonna paint us as some ugly, crusty, punk kids that are up to no good. If they buy up all the warehouses on every street and kick everyone out, it will just hurt the arts community here.”
If you are an artist that after a fire like this can remain stupid and not come up with the thought “Holy shit! We better learn from this. How about we figure ourselves how to make our working/living spaces safer,” you do deserve to die a fiery death.
And I support your desire for the local authorities to stay away from your Future Flaming Death Trap. I need nominees for the Darwin Awards.