Co-Working Spaces: An Expensive Cure for Loneliness

Desk rental outfits say they provide community and inspiration. They don't mention the high premiums they charge for that startup vibe
Photographer: Manuel Schmalstieg/Creative Commons

My desk in Bloomberg’s open-plan newsroom is 60 inches long and 30 inches deep. Twelve-and-a-half square feet of Class A office space in a part of Midtown Manhattan where annualized average office rents were just under $67 a square foot in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to commercial real estate services firm DTZ. In other words, the kind of surface I spend my day hunched over goes for around $70 a month.

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