A month after its founder, Joshua (no last names, please) was featured in "Free for All," Josiah Hesse's July 25 cover story on people living off the grid, Praxis Creative Arts Space, the community warehouse space that Joshua had started with a few friends near Denver's Art District on Santa Fe (no addresses, please), was evicted. Hesse had interviewed Joshua in that space, where Joshua -- who has a master's in mathematics from the University of Colorado -- lived with a revolving cast of characters, operated a "free store" and occasionally hosted unauthorized events.
Response to "Free for All," which featured several groups, including Joshua's, devoted to living off the grid and providing free services, was fast and furious. Particularly furious, in the case of Joshua.
One neighbor who was upset with how Joshua and company used the space posted both the name and address.
And as it turns out, the landlord of the warehouse at 1120 West 12th Avenue that housed Praxis had already set the eviction in motion. "The tenant at that address is gone for reasons other than the Westword article," he says. "It was headed toward this."
The tenant was evicted on August 26, the same day this message was posted by "Schwa" on the Praxis Facebook page:
It's been a hellish month. Due to intensely hostile and viscous attacks from the asshole slumlord that owns our building, we were forced to close our doors today. It's a long story (one that will be told another day), but this man is one of the most deplorable and deceitful people that any of us have ever had to deal with. Seriously, the depths of this man's malice cannot be exaggerated. HOWEVER! The amazing support we have had from the community over the last few months has been amazing, beautiful, and inspiring. Thank you one and all! And this will certainly not destroy the spirit of Praxis! It may take a minute, but we will rise again, no doubt. Gogo Praxis 2.0! (And fuck slumlords.)
That was the last post on the site, except for a note that Leela's would host a benefit later that week, to "help Praxis with relocation costs and potential legal fees. And it's going to be rad!!!"
Read the original story, as well as the many comments, here on westword.com.
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