Reading over all the discussion in preparation for my first post I was reminded that a maker community will have a diverse set of goals and needs. I was also reminded that it is that diversity that will return unexpected results when it is brought together.
This reminded me rather strongly of another community that has had that experience for thousands of years. A community that is present in the twin cities like nowhere else in the country. I speak of the theater. The TC has more theater companies per capita then anywhere else in the nation.
It occurs to me that the technical departments (set construction, property and costume departments, sound and lighting) of these companies have many of the same space, equipment and material needs that a maker community would have. Would it then not be possible to work out a sharing relationship with one or more of the established theater companies. Idle space and equipment must be a concern for them as 4 or 5 productions a year leave a lot of downtime. If we could augment their capabilities and reduce their cost with a sharing arrangement, we would also be able to start at a much higher level of capabilities then attempting to do it alone. A win win in my book.