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  • Hannah Wasserman

    Damn you Amsterdam and your cool initiatives! We need this in LA. Anyone know of anything similar happening in the states

    • Audrey Bellis

      no, but that's a great idea to start one isn't it?

  • Lindsey Smith

    Wait, where do they go after 6 months?

    • Audrey Bellis

      according to the link when you click through they have to rent space locally on their own. It would be cool if they transitioned into a coworking/ shared co-op space for another year after the 6 months though. As a small business owner- even though I had help my first 6months, I couldn't sustain a space on my own for my store until well into the 1st year and even then it was a struggle. Of course that depends on the business, it's cycle and the market it serves.

      • Patrick McDonnell

        Thanks for following up on what happens after 6 months Audrey!

        • Audrey Bellis

          for sure- like Lindsey, that was my immediate first question: "then what?"

          • Lindsey Smith

            Thanks Audrey! Yeah, I saw that they had to rent space locally, but I think there needs to be some kind of transition program! If the store built up a clientele in 6 months... a new location may lead to a loss in business. I guess it does depend on the business type!

            • Audrey Bellis

              It really would be awesome to see something like this in DTLA for example where we have many buildings w/ ground floor retail that are currently empty (have been for some time) and if they are going to continue to sit unoccupied offer some type of city incentive/tax credit to potentially bring new businesses into the area.