The Consequences of the Creative Class: The pursuit of creativity strategies in Australia's cities Atkinson, Rowland en_US Easthope, Hazel en_US 2021-11-25T15:28:59Z 2021-11-25T15:28:59Z 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract The idea of ‘creative cities’ has gained prominence amongst urban planners and policymakers who often now find links between economic development and the ‘soft’ attributes of cities. While definitions of the ‘creative industries’ and the ‘creative class’ continue to be contested, many key urban policy actors continue to focus on developing strategic programmes and policies to boost ‘creativity’ and economic growth. In this article we review recent attempts to implement creative city ideas across five Australian state capitals. Following the analysis of interview material derived from contact with 100 key community and policymaker actors, we first develop a typology of approaches to creative city ideas: concerted action, engagement and strategic drift. We then move on to consider how the idea of the creative city provides a simultaneously criticized yet powerful organizing device that informs local strategies in relation to prosperity. Our analysis highlights a series of connected consequences around four key issues: (1) arts projects and gentrification; (2) housing affordability; (3) revanchist strands to public space management; and (4) relative rates of social investment. We find that the rhetoric of universal social potential accompanying creative city ideas continues to overlook those unable to participate in this new economy, as well as those who are more actively excluded. en_US
dc.language English
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dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title The Consequences of the Creative Class: The pursuit of creativity strategies in Australia's cities en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 1 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal International Journal of Urban and Regional Research en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 64-79 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 33 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Atkinson, Rowland, University of Tasmania en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Easthope, Hazel , City Futures Research Centre, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW en_US School of Built Environment *
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