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Cheers to our community for evaluating our shortlisted concepts and helping us identify which ones are best poised for revitalisation and vibrancy. 789 evaluations were submitted!  Read more about how this shortlist was chosen and stay tuned for the winning concepts announcement on January 19.

Contribution list

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.

47 evaluations so far

Declining cities could attract start ups/SMEs and create local incubators by offering (really) cheap real estate, equity investment, and more...

54 evaluations so far

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.

39 evaluations so far

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?

40 evaluations so far

Engineering and design students are invaluable creative resources. Giving students opportunities to solve practical problems is mutually beneficial-students enjoy seeing their work put into application and communities appreciate the solutions.

45 evaluations so far

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!

52 evaluations so far

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.

33 evaluations so far

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.

35 evaluations so far

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.

32 evaluations so far

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

27 evaluations so far

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.

26 evaluations so far

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.

21 evaluations so far