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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- "Its just kind of like this sinkhole in the middle of this block..."

Many people in Downtown Greensboro feel the way Steve Mitchell, co-owner at Scuppernong Books, feels.

"We have really cool businesses that are starting to fill in the downtown area and it would be great if at least if there were nothing in those storefronts they could look better," Mitchell said.

There's no doubt that the downtown area is growing like never before, but there are still more than 15 empty storefronts that stand out amidst the growing shopping, dinning and art scene. To keep the momentum going, Downtown Greensboro Incorporated is trying to win a $25,000 grant from State Farm to brighten up vacant buildings.

"The concept is to have local students from elementary all the way through college and universities submit their ideas for unifying downtown Greensboro's empty storefronts," said Bethany Meinert with Downtown Greensboro Inc.

The grant would create an art walk throughout downtown and pay for students' supplies and the set up needed to display their work. To win, Greensboro needs to get the most online votes. The city has already been named a finalist out of 2,000 cities applying for the grant across the country.

Experts with DGI say some activity is better than no activity and the art would actually make people feel safer downtown.

"Encouraging those young artists to develop their love for the arts and also safety, because empty storefronts can give the perception that it is unsafe and hopefully by activating those storefronts we liven up downtown," Meinert said.

DGI needs your help to win the grant. You can vote up to 10 times a day until Nov. 4. To vote, click here.