Convert vacant storefronts into art installations, could-be shops, performance space or pretty much anything.
Vacancy can actually present new opportunities to rethink urban spaces and activate them as creative venues of virtually any variety. St. Louis has an abundance of unused storefronts in dense, walkable urban neighborhoods. Imagine if the building owners allowed artists, musicians, non-profits, or anyone with a good idea to occupy the space for a temporary or indefinite period of time. Anyone interested in getting a space would apply and indicate what they intend to do with it. They would be responsible for any utilities, but Rally STL could cover the cost of insurance and occupancy. This would not only provide a showcase for local creatives, but it would also spruce up available spaces to make them more marketable to potential market-rate tenants, all the while pumping new life into neglected streets and buildings. Other cities have done this successfully, but why not STL? If executed well, St. Louis could be a model to post-industrial cities nationwide for how to reuse and revitalize underused real estate in a way that engages the public to reimagine our city's amazing urban fabric.