Arts, gentrification, and planning for creativity

Grodach, Carl (2016) Arts, gentrification, and planning for creativity. Carolina Planning Journal, 41, pp. 22-29.

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Recent decades have seen an almost obsessive focus on creativity in an urban development context. Yet, creativity has come to be prized not so much for the intrinsic values of imagination, innovation and experimentation as for the possibility to exploit these qualities as a means of urban revitalization and wealth generation. This policy emphasis has both contributed to the misplaced assumption that artistic activity causes gentrification and displacement while, at the same time, often setting in motion programs that are detrimental to the creative environments such policies claim to support. It is time to end the current approach to creative city planning, which treats the arts as amenities to catalyze land development and lure upscale consumption.

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ID Code: 93629
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Volumne 41: Just Creativity: Perspectives on Inclusive Placemaking. A digital version of this edition will be available in late 2016
Keywords: arts, gentrification, creative cities, cultural policy, urban planning
ISSN: 0164-0070
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: 2016 UNC, Chapel Hill, Department of City and Regional Planning.
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2016 03:36
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 13:49

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