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Community Vacancy Project emerges in Atlanta neighborhoods

Community Vacancy is a project that helps to raise awareness of all the empty and neglected areas in our communities and ask patrons and visitors to question and challenge these spaces through a series of phrases and iconic imagery.

Walking my neighborhood streets of Atlanta, a new project has emerged in the community. These street signs and chalk drawings in the Kirkwood downtown area are part of a project called Community Vacancy.

It employs a number of different mediums to draw attention to spaces like street signs designed to subtly blend in with other street signs in the neighborhood, chalk drawings which address spaces like parking lots, sidewalks, and other paved areas, and blackboards which act as leave behinds placed in boarded up windows of abandoned buildings. All of these implementations are temporary and are not meant to permanently change or damage these spaces.

The intention is to build curiosity among passerby-ers and provoke interest of the areas, possibly even spark innovation for transforming these vacant places in the community. Below are some photos.

The website reads,

“We believe that repurposing or reinventing vacant places between ownership by means of design should increase community engagement and connect people and place while discouraging issues like crime, pollution, etc. that result from under-populated, forgotten and abandoned places.”

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