Take one abandoned or mismanaged space and get the community together to change it over night. The new space will have seating, greenscaping and opportunities for the community to make it their own!
A previously ignored eye-sight can make a huge difference if it is clean and available to everyone to shape and fill a purpose. If a space was dismantled or ignored for economic reasons, a few changes can clean the slate for passersby to visualize what it might be able to do for them. Maybe they see a place to sell their crafts, maybe a place to practice yoga and bring together a club. Maybe all it needed was shade. Instead of a dragged out and over complex renovation, how about a simple reinvigoration? If this space is transformed in a short time it would be telling to see how the community responds and embraces this place that is now their own. It may be temporary or may grow into a permanent attraction, but rather than being ignored the space is brought to life!
Here is an example of where it is happening!