The Temporium: An experiment in urbanism
Have you ever looked at a storefront that's been empty a long time and wondered why it couldn't be filled, at least temporarily, by a small local business?
After all, nobody benefits when a storefront sits empty too long. The property owner isn't making any money, potential businesspeople aren't operating their business, and neighborhood residents have fewer shopping options and have to travel farther for them.
Unfortunately, it's common practice for property owners to charge such high rents that it can take a long time to find a tenant. Months, even years sometimes. This is especially true for new buildings, and for buildings developed by large-scale corporations (which can eat the losses from an empty lease if they need to).
Why not let small businesses use some of these spaces on a short-term basis at reduced rent, while deals with longer-term, higher-paying tenants are being sought?
DC rowhouse print for sale at the Temporium.
The Temporium is a project by the DC Temporary Urbanism Initiative, which seeks to promote economic development, incubate local businesses, and activate underused commercial properties. It's an absolutely fabulous idea that benefits just about everyone, and should be emulated across the city.
The Temporium is at 3068 Mt. Pleasant Street and is open 2-7 pm, Monday through Friday, until March 13.
Cross-posted at BeyondDC.
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