“On a recent evening, Cameron Payne found himself walking along a row of empty and deteriorating homes and businesses in his neighborhood, but suddenly their windows were lighted.
“This is so much better,” Mr. Payne, 54, said of the illuminated buildings on Henry Johnson Boulevard in this Arbor Hill neighborhood here. “It’s mesmerizing.”
But the lights, which slowly pulsed behind white shades, were a work of art, not a utility. Soon they will go off for good. The buildings are among 200 that are part of “Breathing Lights,” an installation across Albany, Schenectady and Troy that seeks to make a statement about the blight spreading across poor neighborhoods.”