Artists Find Creative Energy in Cedar Rapids’ New Bohemia Neighborhood

Iowa Arts News, Sept 2005

Two blocks down from the Matyk Building sits the Osada—an affordable apartment building housing many refugees. And right next door is Water Tower Place, a historic building being renovated and changed into upscale lofts through adaptive re-use. Despite the stark contrast in living situations, Richards believes the incoming residents will live peacefully with the diverse population that has called this area home for many generations.

“It’s a great thing to see this kind of development, where you can have housing for a wide range of economic segments co-existing, even next door to each other, without bringing about gentrification of the area,” Richards said.