In the recent case study, “From Vacancy to Vitality”, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Metris Arts Consulting take a look at the successes and challenges of the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative. It’s an interesting dive into a community development initiative that was able to create a lot of positive change in nearby Friendship and Bloomfield. Click here to read the study.

From the study:

“Under the direction of a full-time artist-organizer,
the PAAI attracted artists and arts organizations to
the district by actively marketing mixed-use spaces
and creating custom packages of property purchase
and rehabilitation subsidies to give an ownership stake.”