Making Awesome

Awesome Tallahassee

As Tallahassee grapples with a spate of violent crime, law enforcement agencies have targeted predominantly black neighborhoods. Now one Rickards High School student's push to open the lines between black students and police, has earned her a $1,000 grant for an “awesome” idea.

Making Awesome sign
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The Tallahassee shared workspace called Making Awesome has moved into a new home in the Railroad Square Art Park. The member-supported organization had to leave its former warehouse this month after rent got too steep.

Making Awesome had operated for about two years in a building Tallahassee Community College owns near the western edge of campus. Co-founder Brad Harris says at first the impending move was unwelcome. But now, “this could all turn out to be one of the best things to happen to us," he says.

Brad Harris
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Tallahassee’s Making Awesome shared workspace is on the hunt for a new, more affordable home. The volunteer-led makers’ space that’s helped launched startup companies can’t afford to keep renting its warehouse from Tallahassee Community College.

Brad Harris is a Making Awesome co-founder. He’s walking around the group’s 4,000-square-foot warehouse Thursday, past large woodworking machines, tiny computers and a 3D printer that’s about a foot wide and a foot tall. Harris says it, or rather, she, was the group’s first.

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In less than three weeks, a longstanding ban on firearms that can’t be seen by metal detectors may lapse. A Florida senator is trying to see that doesn’t happen, but lawmakers aren’t the only ones worried. Artisans who use a new type of digital printer are worried what large-scale printing of firearms might mean for their craft.

Undetectable Firearms Ban