I invite all of you to start discussion about what you would like to see happen in the future.
Right, so I'm thinking out loud here. I'm just going to describe what would be ideal. This is obviously not perfectly thought-through and totally flexible.
I'd love to have a place where I could work on projects that are bigger than my home workspace allows or requires tools that I don't have (and don't want to either afford or store). If such a place were a clone of the Menlo Park Tech Shop, with a cost of $125 per month and all, I might buy one-month at a time once in a while. I'd frankly be more likely to buy into the business(?) (or coop or whatever) with a much greater one-time cost and a much smaller ongoing fee. I'd like the place to be more of a community than a business; omewhere that I might make friends, but even if not that, where I could find people to be knowledge-resources and where we share the capital expense of putting something like this together.