New uses for empty spaces
Due to the economic crisis, many of the neighborhoods and areas of our cities are radically changing.
Lots of streets that before were full of shops and activity, now look like no live is there anymore. Also industrial areas that have stopped their production activity, look the same.
Street with empty shops
New uses for an old factory in Bilbao
Each council should support projects that suggest new uses for these empty spaces, in the way of no leaving place for crime or damage and recover the aspect they look like before.
This empty spaces are also seen good for people with new business ideas but no place for establish it, or for young entrepeneurs too.
As an example of that is
NO LONGER EMPTY, from New York. In this case, the empty spaces of the city are used for cultural projects, as art workshops for children.
Another example is
THE DEPTFORD PROJECT, which has become an old tube coach into a cultural centre that offers cinema nights or workshops for artists, in the city of London.
Closely to my hometown, in Bilbao, there is a similar example, which is called
ZAWP. Here, with the economic support of the Basque government and other institutions, some blocks that were use for industrial production before, are now being used for settle the studios of young people.