Unlikely Locations For Food Entrepreneurs
Throughout history, street corners have been home to vendors selling food but as city rents continue to rise, food entrepreneurs have had to get savvy. In search of cheap rents, many have brought new life to disused, historical structures.
Albanian Bunkers - Communist Relics Become Functional Spaces
Across Albania from inner-city Tirana to the countryside and mountain valleys, you'll find little concrete bunkers. 750,000 of these bunkers were built during Enver Hoxha's communist government in the 1960's and 80's. The paranoid dictator was convinced of an incoming attack from all sides - Yugoslavia, Greece, NATO and the Soviet Union. So rather than relying on a professional army he put the plan in motion that every Albanian would be able to go to a nearby bunker and take up arms. The invasion never came and the result was a huge drain on the country's resources. Following the end of the communist state, these bunkers became abandoned until more recent years where Albanians have found new uses for the real estate. Once communist relics, they now function as pizzerias, bars, as well as hostels, homes and animal shelters.
Railway Arches & Phone Boxes - Micro Spaces for Macro Ideas
The railway arches aren't just a remnant of Britain's Victorian industrial heritage. They're also a relatively affordable space for small businesses across many British cities. Not only have they been a refuge for traditional metal workers and mechanics but they're also becoming homes for creatives, like cheesemakers, brewers and bakeries. Makers are able to produce and sell their creations to the passing public from the same place without ever disturbing those living nearby. Also, multiple arches means that businesses can expand into adjacent spaces as they grow, all while benefitting from the knowledge and community of neighboring businesses. These some-what hidden rows of small businesses are bringing life to neighborhoods as a so-called 'industrial high street'.