Reading this CityLab interview with Aaron Greiner of CultureHouse about “physically occupying vacant storefronts and turning them into pop-up public places” with the direct assistance of property owners (or, in the words of CultureHouse itself, “facilitating the creation of public social infrastructure through the transformation of unused spaces into vibrant places to work, play, and foster connections”), I kept thinking of the debunked “broken windows theory” and how this is sort of its more effective inverse: a sort of “inviting windows theory”.

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