Mirror, Mirror

La Miroiterie, probably the oldest art squat (or “squart”) in Paris, may soon close down. It started in 1999. From my admittedly American standpoint, I find the squatters’ resistance to city support (and regulation), in order to keep it going, to be childish and utopian.

Should artists be allowed to live there sans rent in exchange for the cultural services the place offers? Would you feel differently if you owned a building that was illegally taken over by graffiti artists and hip-hop musicians? Does this image reflect culture?

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