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How One Coworking Space is Revitalizing the Seattle Chinatown International District

by Cat Johnson

Hing Hay Coworks is on a mission to support economic development in the Seattle Chinatown International District (CID). The most ethnically diverse neighborhood in Seattle, the CID is home to immigrants and small businesses that reflect the region’s unique Pan-Asian culture.

The CID also faces serious challenges, with 34 percent of residents—many of whom are seniors—living at or below the poverty level. The area has among the poorest health outcomes in the county, and public safety, homelessness and public sanitation are ongoing issues. CID residents and small businesses also face development pressures that threaten to displace them.

Hing Hay Coworks, a nonprofit-run, collaborative workspace and community development hub, aims to “catalyze the chances of success for businesses in the neighborhood.” Continue reading

Coworking in Seattle: an Introduction

 

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Coworking in Seattle has a long, rich history. Way back in 2007, when coworking was still an emerging movement, Seattle was home to several spaces, including My Day Office, Giraffe Labs, and Office Nomads, which was the first coworking space in Seattle and is still going strong. Since that time, coworking in Seattle has grown to include dozens of spaces.

Seattle is well-established as a city serving the new workforce through coworking. Countless freelancers, independent professionals, artists, gamers, creatives and remote workers, from all walks of life, call a coworking space their home away from home.

In 2016, a study of flexible workspaces found that Seattle is in the top five U.S. cities for coworking, along with New York City, San Francisco, Austin and Los Angeles. At that time, there were 83 collaborative workspaces in Washington, with an estimated 41 in Seattle.

One of the core values of coworking, along with openness, community, accessibility and sustainability, is collaboration. The Seattle coworking community has embraced these values and made its collaborative ethos official in 2009 with the formation of the first coworking space alliance, the Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance (SCSA).  Continue reading