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Shining a light on cities' abandoned properties

Art installation "Breathing Lights" seeks to make statement about blight across poor neighbourhoods

For four hours every night this month, Albany, Schenectady and Troy windows will light up from LED strips, which dim and brighten to mimic breathing, hinting at the people who left the buildings.

Albany, NY

ON a recent evening, Cameron Payne found himself walking along outside a row of empty and deteriorating homes and businesses in his neighbourhood, but suddenly their windows were lit.

"This is so much better," Mr Payne, 54, said of the illuminated buildings on Henry...

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