Vacancy is often understood as the absence of people, homes, businesses, or cultural amenities within blighted, and often historically neglected, neighborhoods. In our desire to find solutions to vacancy, we decide to fill the empty space with affordable housing, urban farms, and art installations, with the idea of place-making and activating space. For a moment, let’s focus on the notion of we decide. Who are the decision makers? What circumstances allowed them the opportunity to decide? Building on the Vacancy as a Decision article in the latest issue of Columns magazine, our July panel of designers, developers, and community leaders will discuss their perspective on what it truly takes to support vulnerable communities – how we must work with neighborhoods on solutions that revive communities.



Maggie Parker, The Real Estate Council Community Fund

Event Timeline:

6:00 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion


Please register to attend. A $10 donation benefiting AD EX programming is requested at the door.

Photo by Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA