GOOD 100: Meet Phillip Cooley, Re-Inventing the Pork Barrel GOOD 100: Meet Phillip Cooley, Re-Inventing the Pork Barrel
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Cooley purchased the 30,000-square-foot space for $100,000, and after putting more than $200,000 and 250,000 hours of volunteer labor into it, Ponyride is housing tenants for one-fifth the market rate. What’s the catch?
“We require free community classes teaching your craft or skill in order to receive the rent subsidy,” Cooley says.
Tenants at Ponyride are versed in everything from music production to metal smithing, each sharing his or her skills to make magic.
“It's beautiful and productive when our denim jean tenant and the team that makes coats for the homeless that become sleeping bags collaborate, but we are most excited about what happens when a boat maker collaborates with a hip-hop dance crew,” Cooley says.
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