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If a city had one place to condense and showcase its cultural diversity, this would be the place. A city can develop vacant lots destined for eventual development with temporary structures that house pop up vendors, galleries and co working spaces.

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rachael commented on Pop-Up Cultural Hub

I just came across another great pop up retail example. Last Friday in Oakland PopUp Hood ( was launched as a new urban revitalization initiative. Six new retail shops were set up in previously vacant store fronts with six months free rent. Through popuphood, a dynamic neighborhood is created where folks can stroll, dine, drink and shop, while exploring the neighborhood, discovering its historic charm and investing locally. Each local small business was curated by popuphood to compliment the already thriving restaurants and bars and benefit them by increasing the neighborhood profile to position Old Oakland as a true retail destination. The goal of this initiative is to partner with the public and private sectors in supporting these small business towards signing a long term lease. Eager to check it out soon!


rachael commented on Repurpose Vacant Buildings into Homes for the Homeless

Love the concept, Peter. I've thought before that a system to match the apparent housing needs to the the availability of vacant housing is a good idea. As you noted, stable housing is imperative to people keeping connected to the community and thriving. Maybe the subsidized rent is invested in local business growth to generate local economy growth.

I'm curious how this program would look over a few years. Do you think that there would be some time limit to the lease to account for an eventual market value increase? Or would there be another way to keep costs low though work share programs?

I think that this concept could also be used for those who become unemployed and are homeowners on the brink of foreclosure who are interested in staying in the city, but may not have the means. What can we do to prevent people from moving away?


rachael commented on Pop-Up Cultural Hub

Thanks, Jarrod. What I find interesting about Proxy is that they have a temporary lease on the space and will likely not be able to make it permanent. I imagine because the land value is so high, eventually more profitable development will go in—they noted a housing complex. Their intention is to use the space while they have it instead of letting it go unused, a win for the neighborhood, the city and the local businesses in the interim.

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