With the opening of Utility Works, a new co-working space for artists, Lansdowne is continuing its transformation into an artist’s village, writes Connor Smith for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The new space, owned by Lansdowne Economic Development Corp., is pushing a growth plan for the borough as a community for artists. The initiative fits perfectly with Lansdowne and its downtown that offers everything, including vegan-friendly restaurants, outdoor lounging spaces, a folk club, and symphony orchestra.
The town does not have a wage tax, big industry, or significant commercial presence. And while its real estate taxes are high, the area is in a prime location with Media on one side and Center City on the other.
Utility Works opened in late April, and for a monthly membership fee, offers artists hot desks, conference rooms, and both private and open studios. It also has a revolving retail space where members can sell their art.
“As an artist, it’s often an isolated experience,” said Maura C. Williams, an occupational therapist and painter. “I’m looking forward to being around other artists.”
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