Some cities stanch brain drain of new college graduates

January 2, 2019

Lunchtime yoga has just ended in the Chill Room, which is carpeted with AstroTurf and furnished with beach, beanbag and Adirondack chairs, a hammock, a playful mural of the city skyline and some potted plants.

The in-house barista, Sébastien, is serving coffee that will fuel an afternoon of work at long common desks that drip with cables, library-style carrels big enough for power-napping, a conference room with a table custom-made of 36,000 Lego blocks and a meeting area with bleacher-style seating. It’s all in a rehabbed 1913 industrial building in the Pointe-Saint-Charles neighborhood with exposed brick walls, blond wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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