The Borough of Highland Park felt, consistent with conventional wisdom in much of planning and design, that building design shaped the social life of the streets' sidewalks. The Highland Park Planet reports that "The planning concept was that a windowless façade is a deterrent to a pedestrian friendly downtown, i.e., counter to the town’s economic development strategy of creating a vibrant downtown shopping district that is attractive and pedestrian friendly."
But now, one of the businesses is asking to get rid of its windows and make its store look more like their stores in other cities. The response in this article shows clearly that communities do care about these things. As has been argued many times on this blog, planning news is some of the biggest local news.