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Notable independent restaurants, stores and bookshops from other cities temporarily set up shop in abandoned theaters, hotels and factories to kickstart local business.

Notable independent restaurants, stores and bookshops from other cities temporarily set up shop in abandoned theaters, hotels and factories to kickstart local business.

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So many products and services are not made here so buying locally helps you connect with others invested in supporting local economies. This is not only beneficial to communities, but is personally rewarding and a rapidly growing lifestyle choice.

So many products and services are not made here so buying locally helps you connect with others invested in supporting local economies. This is not only beneficial to communities, but is personally rewarding and a rapidly growing lifestyle choice.

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Using abandoned space, host a regular weekend Barter Market.  No currency is allowed, only creativity.  Trade your unused stuff with neighbors, trade acts of service (e.g. paint a fence, guitar lessons), trade stories, trade your own artwork, etc.

Using abandoned space, host a regular weekend Barter Market. No currency is allowed, only creativity. Trade your unused stuff with neighbors, trade acts of service (e.g. paint a fence, guitar lessons), trade stories, trade your own artwork, etc.

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So you've got a brilliant idea to activate that vacant lot down the street. If you want to bring your idea to fruition, you now have to contain what in many cases is a Pandora's Box of zoning codes, policies, and regulations that stand in your way.

So you've got a brilliant idea to activate that vacant lot down the street. If you want to bring your idea to fruition, you now have to contain what in many cases is a Pandora's Box of zoning codes, policies, and regulations that stand in your way.

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To empower small scale, small party innovation and efforts provide a "starter pack": Use one or all kits  (1) education and inspiration through gaming, (2) tools for creative entrepreneurship, (3) local currency kit for merchants and towns.

To empower small scale, small party innovation and efforts provide a "starter pack": Use one or all kits (1) education and inspiration through gaming, (2) tools for creative entrepreneurship, (3) local currency kit for merchants and towns.

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UPDATED! (Jan 10, 2012) Bringing open source principles to the placemaking process

UPDATED! (Jan 10, 2012) Bringing open source principles to the placemaking process

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Dialogue Booster is a project with 15 local people That will come and play for change in their community. The team leaders will guide them thru the different phases of this 4D project where they dig deeper into the city's core and people!

Dialogue Booster is a project with 15 local people That will come and play for change in their community. The team leaders will guide them thru the different phases of this 4D project where they dig deeper into the city's core and people!

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While a city’s visual landscape may indicate economic decline, vibrancy and life can be found in the stories beneath the surface. My concept is to dig out these stories and share them with locals and visitors alike in a monthly Treasure Hunt.

While a city’s visual landscape may indicate economic decline, vibrancy and life can be found in the stories beneath the surface. My concept is to dig out these stories and share them with locals and visitors alike in a monthly Treasure Hunt.

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Rent out unused storefronts on a daily or weekly basis for pop-up art, impromptu food festivals, and music jam sessions.Modeled after ZipCar, ZipSpaces allows organizations with low capital to use space easily, making the area a haven for start ups.

Rent out unused storefronts on a daily or weekly basis for pop-up art, impromptu food festivals, and music jam sessions.Modeled after ZipCar, ZipSpaces allows organizations with low capital to use space easily, making the area a haven for start ups.

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Many local enterprises already look for opportunities to support each other. The B2B Buy Local Pledge formalizes that commitment by letting businesses earn "Pledge Points" for buying local, sustainable goods for their daily operations.

Many local enterprises already look for opportunities to support each other. The B2B Buy Local Pledge formalizes that commitment by letting businesses earn "Pledge Points" for buying local, sustainable goods for their daily operations.

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Detroit's ~100K vacant lots are a reinvention opportunity. Could some be salvaged for community centers; others cleared for urban farming; & old building materials reused for furniture? Could "Reclaimed in Detroit" become a mark of Motor City pride?

Detroit's ~100K vacant lots are a reinvention opportunity. Could some be salvaged for community centers; others cleared for urban farming; & old building materials reused for furniture? Could "Reclaimed in Detroit" become a mark of Motor City pride?

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Using data visualization to heighten awareness, highlight areas of opportunity, and incorporate citizens in a move towards vibrancy.

Using data visualization to heighten awareness, highlight areas of opportunity, and incorporate citizens in a move towards vibrancy.

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