How a Vacant Warehouse Became a Hub of Community Collaboration
Homelessness. Poverty. Blight. Crime. Drugs.
Like many urban areas, San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood is filled with these challenges. But, with these challenges come an enormous potential for change.
In recognition of the National Day of Civic Hacking, a group of civic innovators set out to create a temporary space that would create lasting community solutions. Utilizing established partnerships, we acquired a vacant 14,000 square foot warehouse in San Francisco's Mid-Market neighborhood for the rent of $1 for the month of June.
This is [ freespace ], and it has transformed a vacant building in a blighted neighborhood into a thriving hub of collaboration and creativity.
[ freespace ] fosters creativity, community, and civic innovation through the gift of free space. [ freespace ] gives people a place to launch their passion, create art, hone a skill, find support for projects, and build community—with each step making San Francisco a better place to live.
Artists have filled the space, inside and out, with beautiful murals. Free workshops and classes, from design thinking to yoga, are taught daily. Open mics and concerts fill the space with music. Conversation comes naturally, and ideas sprout up consistently.