Why not let local institutions and businesses adopt a storefront space in locations that need revitalization. For a symbolic fee local institutions and businesses adopt a space that they use for activities targeted to the local community.
For instance, the local art school can make the storefront into a gallery that features work of their students and offers workshops to the community. By re-purposing these spaces seeding of new relationships between residents and local institution can take place, new jobs can be created and new business can be attracted.
It will grow confidence for other entrepreneurs about the up and coming area, and eventually attract more new business back to the area.
The content of the adopted locations is aimed to build new relations between the adopter and the local community.
At the locations institutions and businesses can try new things hat they cant in their regular location. This can lead to innovation in what they do.
By engaging the local community, the storefronts can work on projects that have a direct connections to local reality and infuse it with new ideas.
When combined with small business entrepreneurs, it can also create new jobs in the area.