18 April 2010


How do communities address blight and change its perception from negative to positive? Vacancy does not determine abandonment. Yet, communities are attempting to circumvent its negative effects by implementing unique solutions. Three case studies investigate each of the vacancy typologies outlined - 1) vacant lots, 2) construction sites, and 3) abandoned buildings/storefronts. In all circumstances, they address filling in that empty void with a meaningful element to spark dialogue and engage the surroundings meaningfully. Their success or failure depends on the social and environmental transformation fulfilled through implementation.

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