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To fight displacement, artists are buying up Boston real estate

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Kristen Mallia’s apartment in Fort Point is vast and sunny, with exposed brick walls and a lofty ceiling. Tall windows overlook the city. There is a nod to a living room, sketched out by couches and a rug, but otherwise the space is almost singularly devoted to Mallia’s work as an artist. What would, in most apartments, manifest as clutter is arranged with a collector’s precision. A huge draftsman’s table is organized with meticulous asymmetry: a notebook, a pyramid of empty picture frames, a pile of stones.

Mallia shows me around the apartment one afternoon. She first points out the kitchen, which is really just a wall of appliances. “And then this area is pretty much my workspace,” she says, gesturing at the rest of the apartment.

Kristen Mallia, in her studio at Midway Artists Collective. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Mallia, an assistant professor of graphic design at Suffolk University, moved into her apartment at the end of 2020 after nearly…

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