vacant storefronts

City Calls for Art Submissions to Adorn Vacant Storefronts

Got art? Cambridge wants to put it in empty buildings. Part of the city’s multi-year retail strategic plan, the Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest aims to both support artists and improve the aesthetic of unoccupied storefronts. The Community Development Department (CDD) is looking for submissions of any medium that can be reproduced via a digital file. […]


Spaceus Turns Vacant Storefront Into Hybrid Artist Space

What is Spaceus? The pop-up that’s set up shop inside a vacant spot in Harvard Square is at once an artist workspace, a storefront, and an event space. Two MIT architecture grad students founded Spaceus in the spring to address both artists’ needs and the city’s empty storefronts. “It was out of a frustration of basically […]


City Explores How to Address Vacant Storefronts

The Community Development Department is working with an external consulting firm to reduce the number of vacant storefronts throughout the city. Cambridge has a relatively low vacant storefront rate, 1.7 percent to Greater Boston’s 2.7 percent, according to Director of Economic Development Lisa Hemmerle. But despite the low numbers, Cambridge Local First Executive Director Adriane […]