What to do with a derelict high street

2 Aug

Digital is brilliant, but the mass online exodus towards the virtual aisles of formerly high-street shops have left many town centres looking forlorn and run-down. So:

Q. What do you do with a derelict high street?

A. Ask the people who live nearby and use the space around it what they’d do with it, of course!

That’s exactly what ‘I wish this was’ did.

i wish this was civil project town building derelict shops

Imagination, interactivity, straw poll, market research, civil involvement, dream-sharing… Call it what you will, it’s a beautifully simple idea, brilliantly executed. What would you turn the empty buildings in your town into?


2 Responses to “What to do with a derelict high street”

  1. Ben August 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    I’d use it as a knowledge centre where everyone could post problems, questions and ask for help both paid and for good causes.

    Community works best when there are real issues to be answered.

    • beatifnik August 3, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

      That’s an awesome idea! We should totally buy some of those stickers and give them out at work.

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