Monday, February 27, 2012

Community Vacancy shows signs of design

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM

  • Community vacancy

A new blog called Community Vacancy is documenting an ongoing public art project aimed at drawing attention to vacant places in Atlanta. Blending one part-graffiti attitude with one part-civic-booster style, the stylish signs look nearly official, as if they were the product of a rogue City of Atlanta office. One is attached to the chain link fence surrounding an abandoned yard in Kirkwood and reads "Loitering Encouraged." Another is posted on street in the Poncey Highlands, cleverly playing with the ordinance signs above it by displaying the phrase "The Market Will Fix It."

The blog proclaims this mission statement: "We believe that repurposing or reinventing vacant places between ownership by means of design should increase community engagement and connect people and place while discouraging issues like crime, pollution, etc. that result from under-populated, forgotten and abandoned places." There are ways to get involved and more information at the blog.

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