Vacant buildings become galleries and maker spaces!

Boston - Submitted by A_G on Apr 7 2014

Working with underused/ vacant buildings, cities should give access to makers and artists to create public galleries. Occupying the space in this way makes it more likely to be visited and get a new lease signed, as opposed to just leaving the building empty.

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Support( 0 )
How would you expand or adapt this future in 2025?
No one has built here yet, be the first!
Stakeholders( 2 )
Who would you need to bring together to make this future happen?
Jorge Wong
Jul 6 2014
10:55 AM
Municipal Services can help you track and make use of under-used/vacant buildings. Contacting art galleries and street artists would also help you get started with exhibitions.
Oct 24 2016
3:19 PM
As I understand DC law (which is likely very different than in Boston or elsewhere) vacant buildings are taxed at a higher rate than occupied properties. This intended to motivate owners to quickly rent or sell. Instead a loophole was created allowing the tax penalty to be held off if the owner is actively trying to attract buyers or tenants. The result of this is many vacant buildings with 'for sale' or 'space to lease' signs intended to comply only with the barest letter of the law.
Logistics( 1 )
What resources would you need to mobilize to make this future real?
Jorge Wong
Jul 6 2014
10:56 AM
Consider a mix between art gallery and an artist's studio. That would give it other level of interaction
Roadblocks( 1 )
What could get in the way of this future?
Jorge Wong
Jul 6 2014
10:57 AM
Legal issues and bureaucracy. Vandalism. Lack of communication with the community...