L&I cracks down on DIY venue Bookspace?
Earlier today, Philebrity broke the news that DIY venue Bookspace would be shutting down at least part of its operations, possibly due to complications with L&I:
“Bookspace, the charmingly gritty DIY venue we told you about back in May, seems to have been knocked out of the events game (for the time being at least), presumably by L&I. We first started hearing this as we were closing up shop on Friday, and attendant event cancellations seem to confirm that. So was it NIMBY justice, or just good ol’ not-having-your-shit-on-the-up-and-up?” (To read the original post, go here.)
Not too long after, The A.V. Club Philly weighed in, saying that Bookspace will remain open as a bookstore but will “temporarily” stop hosting music events. The A.V. Club speculates that the shut-down was triggered by a recent complaint from a neighbor:
“We’d guess the sudden attention from the authorities has less to do with the recent Philly Weekly feature on the venue and more to do with a response to an Aug. 21 neighbor complaint about what seems like a tangentially related incident on the fishtown.us message board.” (You can get the rest of those details here.)
More on this situation as it develops.