I saw this news report on a pop-up community centre in unused shops. I liked the idea, not sure of the costs of this, but it was the surrounding shops that interested me, or, rather their shutters.
I found the row of shops in Clifton Avenue, Eastham in Wirral... http://goo.gl/maps/4uxD5
And here is the group that worked with local young people to decorate them: http://zapgraffiti.wordpress.com/2009/08/24/a-different-look-eastham-mural-complete/
I love this idea of creating images on the shutters. In our local area, that is the main issue - it looks as though there are no shops open; that they are closed and not used. But in fact there are not that many spaces unused and there are a lot of take-aways, which open later in the day. If we had brighter shutters, the high street would look fantastic.
Perhaps images of what shops were there in the past - bit of a local history project as well!!
Or, similar to the workshop I just did for the festival - with 'Under the Sea' or 'Magic and Wishes Emporium" as shop fronts!
A photo of what the shop fronts looked like before... http://www.flickr.com/photos/liverpoolsuburbia/2997234886/