High end loft living is the rage in downtown Macon today. But a few decades ago, people who wanted to be downtown were thin on the ground.
Back then, Macon's Tony Long kept the rent super low on the corner of Mulberry Street and Second Street so that artists could have space to work. That became the Contemporary Arts Exchange, a community at the vanguard of downtown redevelopment.
Today, the apartment surge has caught up with the Arts Exchange. It's been sold to a developer. Now the artists have to say goodbye. Spend some time with artists Maryann Bates and Eric O'Dell as well as Tony Long in this video appreciation of the Contemporary Arts Exchange.