So apparently my idea is called “co-working” and it’s not a unique idea by far.
Dave Gilson sent me this BusinessWeek.com article about “co-working facilities” popping up all over the place. I’ve logged some of them in previous posts, but there are a number of new ones that opened in 2006.
There’s even a coworking wiki to help coordinate people and coworking facilities across the country and abroad. But there’s still not one in Oakland.
Also check out this slide show of alternative work spaces connected with the article.