We floated three courses of action:
- Pursue Ted‘s upholstery repair shop discovery
- Follow up with Schlomo about his place
- Look into the American Industrial Center down in dogpatch
Interestingly, much of what Ryanne says maps identically to what Bill MacEwan of Vancouver’s Workspace says in this video — which happens to coincide with some excellent photos of their newly renovated space on 21 Water St in Gastown.
So, this is where we’re at: We’ve got more information about AIS and it’s looking promising. It’s possibly not ideal in every respect (not streetfront, for one thing) but the space is pretty excellent in general and seems affordable for our needs. Riya is also donating furniture to our effort and, wouldn’t you know it, David Crow of Torcamp fame and Teh Boris of Vancouver’s Bryght have cooked up a business plan that’s nearly ready for publishing under CC license. Oh, and it’s no accident that Boris has decided to push forward with an independent Innovation Commons in Vancouver separate from Workspace.
Anyway, once that plan is out, we can start tossing in the numbers from our potential spots here in San Francisco and see what adds up… what kind of infrastructure we need, how many people we can support and what extra money we need to beg for… just kidding. But yeah, we’re close, we’re hungry and dammit, we’re goin’ to get Teh Space up this summer.