sharing economy

6:12pm

Tue September 4, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

The Sharing Economy: Visit the really really free market

Really Free Market Site

When you're low on cash, there are a couple of ways to shop for clothes, shoes, or anything else you may need.  You can probably find some good deals online at Freecycle or Craigslist or maybe you'll sift through the goods at your favorite second hand store.

Here, in  San Francisco, you can go to the monthly Really Really Free Market. It's a swap meet but without the price tags. As part of our series on Sharing Economy, KALW's Steven Short takes us there, in this piece from our archives. 

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4:39pm

Wed August 29, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

The Sharing Economy: Dancing it forward in Berkeley

Zach Pine

When it comes to “going out dancing,” most people think of it as a Saturday night type of affair—a chance to get dressed up and show off some sweet moves, staying up until the wee hours. Well, it’s 11am on Sunday morning now, and for the dancers gathered at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, this is the perfect time to get their groove on.

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1:28pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

The Sharing Economy: Bilingual Bike Repair in Fruitvale

Entrance to the shop, with volunteer-painted sign. Inside: Kathleen Mills, Steven Hobdy and Morgan Kanninen
Photo by Jen Chien

Bike culture in the Bay Area runs the gamut, from high performance racing to hipster fixies. Keeping a bike can be an expensive hobby, and as with cars, some people use their bikes as an extension of their personal style.

At ColectíVelo, a community bike shop in East Oakland, bicycles are still seen for their primary purpose: transportation. The shop provides free space and tools, bike repair training in Spanish and English, and access to bicycles for those with low incomes.

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3:13pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Sharing Economy: San Francisco's roving tailor

Treadle sewing machine. Under CC License.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelfrenzy/

The door to the Luggage Store Annex in San Francisco's Tenderloin district is unlocked on the 15th of each month, rain or shine, fog or wind, and a converted tamale cart is rolled onto the sidewalk. The man pushing it into place is Michael Swaine.

“People either call me the Sewing Guy or The Roving Tailor,” he says.

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