Neighborhood diversity, economic health and the role of the arts

Foster, Nicole, Grodach, Carl, & Murdoch, James (2016) Neighborhood diversity, economic health and the role of the arts. Journal of Urban Affairs. (In Press)

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Policymakers pursue a range of strategies aimed at diversifying neighborhoods despite research indicating the complicated and potentially damaging results of these efforts. One increasingly common approach is to incorporate the arts into planning efforts in the hope of enhancing diversity and catalyzing positive neighborhood change. Using data from the Cultural Data Project, we determine where newly established New York City art organizations locate in terms of neighborhood racial, income and industry diversity. We then analyze how diverse contexts interact with an arts presence to impact neighborhood economic health over time. We find that neighborhoods with high levels of racial diversity and low levels of income and industry diversity benefit most from an arts presence. However, the arts are attracted predominately to neighborhoods with moderate levels of racial diversity and high levels of income and industry diversity. This complicates the use of the arts as a tool in urban revitalization policy.

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ID Code: 90772
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: arts, community development, diversity, New York, neighborhood
DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12278
ISSN: 1467-9906
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
  • NEW YORK COMM. TRUST/P13-000282
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2015 22:46
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 03:50

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