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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bike co-op needs room to grow [The Other Paper]

Can Third Hand find a new home?Courtesy Reda Ashour
After helping thousands of cyclists, the folks at Third Hand Bicycle Cooperative are now looking for a little assistance themselves.
The nonprofit group has outgrown its space at 174 E. Fifth Ave. Gentrification has hampered the search for a new location within its Weinland Park-area home because most of the good properties have already been snatched up.
“We’re finding almost every property is spoken for, even if they’re vacant,” said Reda Ashour, outreach coordinator for the group.
From its roots, operating out of a basement on 15th Avenue, today’s core members of Third Hand trace their history to 2005 when they first opened to the public out of a residential garage in Clintonville.

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