Testing has begun for the Breathing Lights project, set to bring empty buildings to life in Albany, Schenectady and Troy his fall.

According to News Channel 13, 8 empty homes in Schenectady are in the testing phase for the Breathing Lights project. This fall hundreds of homes in Schenectady, Albany and Troy will be lit up to bring awareness to urban issues and reclamation efforts in these communities. Breathing Lights recently won a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies' Public Art Challenge initiative for the project.

If you live in these towns, it will be nice to see some 'life' breathed back into these buildings. According to Breathing Lights website, the lights will 'diffuse a glow that mimics the gentle rhythm of human breathing.'

I think this is a great idea. We see new construction happening everywhere, when there are great old buildings in our neighborhoods that, with a little TLC, could be great dwellings for years to come. These cities have so much history - it should be embraced!