What to do with a derelict high street

Posted on August 2, 2011 by


Digital is brilliant, but the mass online exodus towards the virtual aisles of formerly high-street shops have left many town centres looking forlorn and run-down. So:

Q. What do you do with a derelict high street?

A. Ask the people who live nearby and use the space around it what they’d do with it, of course!

That’s exactly what ‘I wish this was’ did.

i wish this was civil project town building derelict shops

Imagination, interactivity, straw poll, market research, civil involvement, dream-sharing… Call it what you will, it’s a beautifully simple idea, brilliantly executed. What would you turn the empty buildings in your town into?

Posted in: Gemma Critchley