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Just reading this post by Lydia gave me a little tingle:

At a small business panel organized by Ward 4 Council Candidate Max Skolnik on Wednesday night, there was the usual carping about District regulatory processes and NIMBY neighbors as obstacles to entrepreneurial success, and the inevitable tirade or two against Walmart. The most helpful message, though, was more proactive: The District’s aspiring businesspeople need space to get started.

That means shared offices for professionals, like we’ve seen with the Affinity Lab on U Street, the Hive in Anacostia, and a number of little tech hubs. But it could also mean cooperative workspace for tradespeople, like plumbers and refrigerator repairers. Or, even more promisingly: Shared kitchens for independent food operators, like small catering businesses, cake bakers, sauce makers, you name it.

Maybe it’s the socialist in me, but in a city where space is so expensive, cooperative spaces for working sounds like the smartest way to help small businesses launch. But there are some real obstacles, which Lydia outlines in her post. Read the rest at Housing Complex.

Photo by flickr user rizzojn under a Creative Commons Attribution License.