Makers Quarter opened its outdoor, collaborative work space SILO on Wednesday to the first weekly “bring your own work” gathering for artists, information workers and others involved in San Diego’s downtown innovation economy.

“We want to serve as people’s backyard in the city,” explained urban planner Stacey Pennington. She said the gathering at SILO would take place very Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The wireless Internet access, seating in the shade and open space for artwork attracted a mix of entrepreneurs and artists on Wednesday. Sculptor Josh Hunter was busy spray painting his latest work, while others held meetings or worked on laptops. Organizers urged people to bring food, pets and materials.

Last month the space was used for the La Jolla Playhouse‘s production of El Henry, and will soon be used for Food Truck Fridays, a late-afternoon gathering with food, craft beer and music.

Makers Quarter is an effort by a team of three companies to create live/work space for the growing innovation economy in a six-block area of San Diego’s East Village.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.