Melbourne and Brisbane: The Claims of Suburbs
Flew, Terry & Gibson, Mark (2012) Melbourne and Brisbane: The Claims of Suburbs. In Anheier, Helmut & Isar, Yudhishthir Raj (Eds.) Cities, Cultural Policy and Governance. SAGE Publications, London, pp. 235-242.
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This chapter critiques the imagined geography of creative cities and the creative industries, which presumes that inner cities are densely clustered hubs of urban culture and creativity while suburbs are dull, homogeneous dormitories from which creative people must escape in order to realize their potential. Drawing upon a study on creative industries workers in Melbourne and Brisbane, the authors argue that these workers are as likely to be located in the suburbs as in the inner city, and that they clearly identify advantages to being in outer suburban locations. Their findings provide a corrective to dominant urban cultural policy narratives that stress cultural amenity in the inner cities.
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