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Neighborhood Residents Can Now Decide Which Businesses Will Come To The Area

MiLES is a project that aims to keep the Lower East Side free from commercialized ‘gentrified’ shops.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on November 16, 2012.

Design collaborative Architecture Commons‘ initiative miLES works with residents of the Lower East Side, a diverse neighborhood in New York, to transform the area’s unused stores. 212 lots and stores are vacant, and through a collaborative process with residents, miLES is attempting to open stores that best serve the community, not big business.

Initiative Lets Neighborhood Residents Decide Which Businesses Will Come To The Area

MiLES is a multi-disciplinary initiative that facilitates an open process of temporary transformations of underutilized sites by listening, co-creating, prototyping and operating with residents of the Lower East Side. Our ultimate goal is to build a movement for open and bottom-up urban planning, one neighborhood at a time.

Architecture Commons is the project lead in collaboration with OpenIDEO, Fourth Arts Block, City API, Design for America, Listenin Pictures, Tythe Design, and The Value Web.

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