Hoodstarter Serves as Matchmaker Between Neighborhoods and Local Businesses

No one knows a neighborhood better than the people who live there.  So why not let them decide what businesses set up shop there?  Hoodstarter is a local tech start-up that aggregates community wishlists comprised of specific types of businesses.  So far, suggestions have included everything from "cat cafes" to a neo-soul bar.  Residents can also suggest vacant commercial spaces and get involved in any crowdfunding neccessary to help their idea to take root.  Hoodstarter Co-founder Justin Ley tells KFAI's Ryan Dawes that these ideas help entrepreneurs and real-estate developers measure demand for new opportunities. 

Photo:  3725 Chicago Avenue S, just one of many vacant spaces posted to Kickstarter

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