Workspace a sign of good times ahead

Vancouver’s technorati elite were out for a good time at the Workspace unveiling party on Friday night.

Like many of the MetroBlogging Vancouver crowd, I checked out the get together in the heart of Gastown along with web developers, communicators, photographers and other creative professionals who wanted to par-tay. Great meeting y’all!

It was a fun time, with lots of good Thai food, pleasant conversation, quickly refilling wine glasses and new acquaintances made. The space looks super cool, retaining its industrial look with some modern finishes, with a great view of the waterfront and the historical train yard.

Workspace will provide a shared work environment for independent professionals who need a place to work on projects and meet with clients but don’t need a big office space – basically, the perfect solution for all those Web 2.0 startups.

On a day when much of the local news cycle revolved around the decline in Vancouver tourism and the negative effect of homelessness and drug addiction, I pondered how Workspace is just one of several new facilities in the neighborhood that may be a cause for cautious optimism.

Hopefully, this will draw in more professionals into the neighborhood and a corresponding number of businesses to cater to their needs. This follows on the heels of the Storyeum museum development a few years back and some other home furnishing and fashion outlets that have begun to replace the abundance of old souvenir shops and carpet stores that used to dominate the street. My own ESL school will soon be moving into the neighborhood, consolidating four campuses with several hundred students into one big campus, hopefully helping anchor the street for more businesses to follow.

Yes, Gastown is still home to more than its fair share of Vancouver’s castaways. But I saw what this neighborhood looked like when I first came here five years ago, and the neighborhood has brightened up quite a bit. I hope that Workspace’s success is a sign of things to come for the area.

By the way, I know people took lots of photos at the party. Hopefully, someone will post them after this. Thanks.

1 Comment so far

  1. Warwick (unregistered) on August 20th, 2006 @ 1:00 pm

    One of the things I noticed while walking to 21 Water Street was the bustling, vibrant street vibe. That’s pretty new for that block of Water Street, and with the new development across the street, some great cafe’s, and now Workspace, I think it’s going to be a hot little spot! Photos from the party are on my flickr – http://flickr.com/photos/formulaphoto/sets/72057594126194581/

    Cheers,
    Warwick



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