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Oakland artists fear crackdown after Ghost Ship fire

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The Ghost Ship is now gone. But there are other communal collectives in Oakland warehouses where artists are holding emergency meetings behind locked metal doors.
   The city has long been hospitable to an underground art scene that flourished in its abandoned industrial warehouses and helped put it on the world's art map.
   But now its art and music underground is panicking and bracing for a crackdown.
   Struggling artists tolerated exposed wiring and other dangers of often unregulated warehouses as a trade-off for affordable housing and studio space.
   They fear their lifestyles and the San Francisco Bay Area's vibrant art scene are endangered because of the safety issues exposed by the fire at the Ghost Ship.
   The dance party fire killed 36 people.
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