What if local communities could get together with local home improvement stores or get funds from the city to create light installations that remix and illuminate the empty lots in a vibrant way that gives identity to the area.
Empty lots at night are a source of worry for residents and the municipality. Apart from the opportunity for criminal behavior to occur in these empty lots, they also give neighborhoods an eerie feeling. So how about using these empty lots as beacons of light at night.
Through an online competition that identifies the empty lots up for refurbishment locals and artists can submit their ideas. The winning designs can then be made through construction parties in which the local residents, artist, city and other sponsors get together to build the installation together. This is good to encourage more communication among the different player and to enhance the sense of community.
This will restore vibrancy by lighting up neighborhoods in a unique way. The decline of empty lots will give residents a feeling of safety and pride at the same time.
By getting residents, creatives, the city and businesses together, it will create a sense that it is in the benefit of all parties to work together and improve the quality of life step by step.
Identifying all the empty lots can also be the starting point of bringing these lots back to life, either because now they can be used for positive community gatherings or because by visualizing them they are back on the radar for future investors, businesses or developers.