“This is more like a bar or a club than a workspace,” said the local member of provincial parliament, taking in the scene.
They kind of missed the point, which was that the spaces provide meeting rooms, and also ongoing opportunities for networking between workers and investors. They exist, mainly, to cater to the needs of investors more than the workers.
People have been able to rent small offices and share offices and space at Kinkos for decades. These new “workspaces” are not really for “work,” but for meetings, which are a kind of work.