I have my antenna out for hints of creative community, trying to understand the key traits which create “great places”.

As architects, we are responsible for our context, the physical elements which form the stage and backdrop for our daily lives.
But it is energy of people, where they direct their energy and focus, which gives life to our surroundings.
Sometimes community just needs a little safe haven in order to take root in.
Found this video, which describes a storefront community space in the Echo Park neighborhood of LA.
http://vimeo.com/8244390
http://machineproject.com/about/
I have come across previous examples of storefront community spaces previously, (like (storefront) Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle), but Machine Project seems more ad hoc or grassroots.
http://www.olsonkundigarchitects.com/Projects/2087/storefront-Olson-Kundig-Architects
http://www.olsonkundigarchitects.com/Recognition/Press/2047/Olson-Kundig-Architects-launches-storefront
http://www.olsonkundigarchitects.com/Projects/2195/Mushroom-Farm-at-storefront-Olson-Kundig-Architects
http://www.olsonkundigarchitects.com/Projects/2165/Record-Store-at-storefront-Olson-Kundig-Architects
The video above reminds me of the descriptions of New York SOHO in the late 70’s, where the artists and creatives were trying to scratch out their existence in their lofts,
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