Losing such a unique space would be one helluva bummer. Not only is it the only public space to mess around with electronics, but pretty much anyone can walk in and use their wifi without having the buy an overpriced coffee and deal with sketchy coffee shop internet while some old dude tries to talk to you about Mad Men (don't ask). Plus, they have a tea room, a swanky Big Bird mannequin, a robot wheelchair, refrigerator full of circuitry, and even an art wall. It's basically as close to a 20-something Disneyland as Mission St. gets.
Noisebridge, the collective hackerspace on Mission Street that provides a venue for people to collaborate on technical projects and hold classes/meetings, could be closing its doors come February. Like many of the treasures in this town, Noisebridge is officially broke-ass and cannot pay rent. The gist of their woes is that over the summer, the non-profit space was actually turning a profit, but they have slowly lost members and donations since then. Now they're only taking in $2,500 a month, but having to spend nearly double that on rent and utilities.Bad news guys: