I might be partial to Cleveland, but I think this is a pretty crafty idea. Instead of boarding up vacant homes the regular, ugly way they are hiring someone to paint the plywood to look like fancy windows and doors. The point of this is so the vacant homes aren't an eyesore in the neighborhood which would draw in vagrants and kids. Enough chat here's the pictures:
Pretty nifty idea, eh? You can read all about it here.
Images all from here.