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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from around the world. This week we bring you playful interventions in Toronto’s urban environment, the best and worst public squares around the world, bottom-up Philadelphia street redesigns, and an apartment under a bridge in Berlin.

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Vacant Stores Turned Art Galleries in Brooklyn

By Jake Tobin Garrett

Walking down a pretty barren stretch of downtown Brooklyn, I noticed something strange in the windows of the shops lining Willoughby Street. Although the stores seemed to be closed, the windows displayed eye-catching and colourful displays. Closer inspection revealed that these 12 vacant storefronts were part of a project called Willoughby Windows run by non-profit community development organization MetrotechBID in partnership with Ad Hoc Art, which worked to transform what normally would be a boring, papered-over stretch of empty retail into displays of public art. Continue reading

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