Plans for artists' center at former bread factory crumble | The Columbus Dispatch

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The former Wonder Bread factory will no longer be the future home of Wonderland - an ambitious mixed-use project intended to house studio space for Columbus-area artists, musicians, actors and entrepreneurs - but the dream might find new life elsewhere.
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When artists try their hand at finances, the picture generally turns ugly.
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Artists think they matter.

They don't.
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Lord, make it go away.
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"We thought it was a done deal" months ago, said Lykens, 38, who redeveloped a commercial stretch at Summit and Hudson streets and is renovating storefronts in the run-down Garden Theater in the Short North.

That Garden theatre storefront looks great?!?! This guy just seems like an opportunistic slum lord.
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"artists, musicians, actors and entrepreneurs"...

Sounds like a dump.
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Can these so-called "artists, musicans, actors and entrepeneurs" work without being part of a non-profit?

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$70,000 for what?
To pay transplants from other states to come here and "fix" the art situation in Columbus?

What a waste. Do great art people will come...
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If Lykens were a savvy investor, he'd have realized that trusting artist types with money or financial arrangements nearly always ends badly (for the investor).
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Thanks to the armchair real estate geniuses and doomsdayers that have commented so far. This is a bummer, from the start it seemed like a very tough venture to pull off, but a lot of resources have been put behind this and hopefully it can get legs somewhere else. Listen to the public support you have received, people want something like this to happen.
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He said Brouillette and his team faced multiple roadblocks from the Internal Revenue Service that repeatedly prevented particular leasing terms (Wonderland Columbus has applied for 501c3 nonprofit status).
These libs want others to pay taxes yet try to file as a non profit and take grant money. It's time for artists that cannot market their product to get a job or at least quit waiting on handouts.
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Wow! The Dispatch is on top of this local piece of news - The OTHER PAPER reported on this a week ago!
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Plans "crumble" ? Please enough with the bad puns.

All you're gonna do is get a 'rise' out of the readers.

No matter how you slice it, people are tired of your crusty journalism.

Your copy writers need to quit loafing or you're all gonna be toast.
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good luck in that nice new neighborhood. if you are still getting all puffnuts about it i have a Quonset hut in morrow county i'm not currently using.
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Big Johnson wrote:
Artists think they matter.
They don't.
Yeah, since when has art ever made a difference in anyone's life? Not nearly as important as suburban office workers.
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Gabe Gerken wrote:
Plans "crumble" ? Please enough with the bad puns.
All you're gonna do is get a 'rise' out of the readers.
No matter how you slice it, people are tired of your crusty journalism.
Your copy writers need to quit loafing or you're all gonna be toast.
At yeast they tried to be funny. Batter luck next time.
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First of all, artists do matter. However, the idea of artists running a financial venture is tenuous at best. Artists aren't exactly known for their financial acumen. What would have made more sense would be to form a partnership with someone with real estate experience and a good lawyer.
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Why is that artists/musicians/hipsters are apparently unable to look at a camera when having their picture taken? I wish I had a nickle for every indie album cover where 4 out of 5 artists are looking off to the side. "yeah man...I realize you're taking my picture...but I need to look aloof and disinterested...hey...what's that over there???..." I think it's funny when hipsters act like they're so unique and different, and then just end up looking, acting and thinking like all the other hipsters.

That being said, I love art, and hope they find a good space.

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Aren't they doing something similar to this over in Franklinton?
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Will Wonderland include a tattoo parlor? Perhaps the OSU Football Team will patronize the new facility.
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It saddens me to see that the old WonderBread factory won't be renovated in this way, I thought it was a great concept and would be a welcome addition to that neighborhood. It did seem to be quite ambitious from the start, and it seems that was their downfall--ambitions that were too high without enough planning to back it up. Which yes, does sometimes seem to be the downfall of artistic entrepreneur ventures, but that can also be said of ANY new business venture--not just that of artists.

Logistics of this business deal aside, it makes me laugh to see comments implying that art doesn't matter and that any artist's collective space would be a dump anyway. These views are laughable, judgmental, and sterotypical. Art brings about social change and much needed discussion on real world issues on a regular basis, and a world without it would be unbearably & oppressively bland. We are lucky to have so many talented, expressive, and innovative artists in this city, and I wish the Wonderland crew luck with whatever their next steps are.

((Btw, LOVE the suburban office workers comment C-Bus--so true!!!))

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