Some artists find affordable living in Mesa Artspace Lofts

The Mesa Artspace Lofts in downtown Mesa offer affordable rents to artists who often don’t earn much money in the highly competitive art world. / Photo by Katy Anderson / East Valley Tribune

 

A handful of low-income artists has found a quality place to live in Mesa despite the shortage of affordable housing.

Lorin Drexler considers himself fortunate to have found a place last April in the Mesa Artspace Lofts in downtown Mesa.

Not only can he afford the rent, but he also feels a synergy with his neighbors.

“Especially as an artist, because you’re already so used to working for free, any deductions on rent will definitely give you more time to do something that you’re not making a whole lot of money doing anyways,” Drexler said. “That’s just the way the arts go.”

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