The idea’s simple.
- Take a photo of a run-down or unused shop-front where you live.
- Give it a digital refurb.
- Present to shop owner, potential developers, or local council.
From the what if? website:
“If one shop, business, bench or sign is improved due to the work we are showing in here, then we will consider it a success.”
(before) Craft Shoe Repairs
(after) Billings Quality Fishmonger & Butcher
(before) Sydenham cinema
(after) Sydenham Picture Palace
It’s a lot better than doing nothing, one way to improve your local neighbourhood, and something I plan to do for my hometown Bangor.
“I did the same thing for a local park with an idea to improve it. The local council listened and gave us funding. We now have an outdoor gym, outdoor classroom, community garden, updated adventure playground and people are using it again.”
— LEE NEWHAM, GOOD PEOPLE
Excerpt image courtesy of Thinkstock.