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Boston's Fort Point neighborhood used to be home to hundreds of artists residing in affordable studios in former factory buildings. As the neighborhood has increasingly been turned over to high-priced condos and office spaces, artists have been slowly pushed out by rising rents.

In response, the city sought to create an artists enclave where some artists could continue in the Fort Point tradition, and live in affordable work spaces.

So the city and developers dreamed up a small community on Channel Center Street, and Midway Studios opened its doors in 2005.

That community hasn't become all that was originally proposed and now the artists who live and work there are at the center of a controversy. As one of the few artist enclaves left in the neighborhood, residents are upset over a military helmet manufacturer taking over what is supposed to be a theater space.

Guest:

  • Geoff Edgers, arts reporter for The Boston Globe

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This segment aired on March 19, 2012.

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