When coworking started in the Bay Area about a decade ago, it was an experiment. The hypothesis: Independent professionals who share a flexible environment work better together than they do alone. The concept: For a monthly fee, members get access to a furnished workspace, WiFi, printers, a kitchen, and most importantly, each other.
When venturing out for a night of Ecstatic Dance, your getting-ready routine will be a bit different. You do not need flashy clothing to pass the red rope, a pocket of cash to impress everyone at the bar, or pick-up lines to prove your unstoppable charm. It’s not that kind of party.
At noon there’s no sign of them. By 1:30 p.m., a couple of coolers have arrived. When 3 o’clock rolls around, the grills are lit and smoking, the beers are chilling, and the Rémys unscrewed, and music is erupting along the water from Borden Way to Wayne Avenue. This is the new Sunday afternoon scene at Lake Merritt: a boisterous, crowd-filled departure from the grassy goose playground it usually is.
On a busy Saturday night at Oakland’s Dogwood bar, a cozy Uptown haven of tasty cocktails with an accompanying buzz of conversation, a man stood on a chair peering down through his cell phone to get a good group shot of his companions. Click, click.
What, it’s going to be two or three years before bike sharing hits the East Bay? I couldn’t wait, so I downloaded the official Bay Area Bike Share app and took BART to the Embarcadero Station in San Francisco.