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Imagine the "sharing economy" before the Internet: these neighbors did

From The Washington Post, Sept. 21, 1975:

Riggs Place, between 16th and 17th Streets NW, operates like a remodeling commune. Just about every house in the block has been remodeled--most of them with the help of the same radial arm saw borrowed from one homeowner's relative.
Another house owns the duct snippers, a third has the electric screwdriver, and so on. When someone has to have a big, expensive industrial tool none can afford, such as a floor sander, they try to get together to rent it for a weekend, with everyone taking a turn at using it. They plan soon to order a communal run of plaster ceiling moulding, cheaper in large lots. --from "Rerigging Riggs Place: Trading the Tools of the Trade: Form and Function" by Sarah Booth Conroy

A nice reminder that the sharing economy didn't start recently. It's only gotten a boost from our modern technology. Though, can you imagine trying to coordinate the sharing of a tool or the rental of a floor sander without email?

Read more articles by Rachel Kaufman.

Rachel is the managing editor of Elevation D.C. She also covers tech, business and science for publications nationwide. She lives in Brookland.
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