As death toll mounts in Oakland fire, artists worry city may start enforcing housing codes

As death toll mounts in Oakland fire, artists worry city may start enforcing housing codes
Artistic freedom. (Image: Screen grab of CBS 5 SF video, YouTube)

[Ed. – America, I’m counting on you to see who’s being a moron here.  Hint: it’s not the people who favor enforcing safe housing codes.]

Chris Dunn stood on International Boulevard on Sunday, across from the charred artist warehouse where dozens of people perished in a deadly fire Friday night, and shared a fear that is on the minds of many in this city’s celebrated arts community.

As they grieved for friends killed in the inferno at the Ghost Ship warehouse on 31st Avenue, artists, musicians and partygoers from east to west Oakland couldn’t help but worry about a backlash of building inspections at other warehouse collectives.

“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.”

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