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Handbook of Creative Cities

Handbook of Creative Cities

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Edited by David Emanuel Andersson, Åke E. Andersson and Charlotta Mellander

With the publication of The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida in 2002, the ‘creative city’ became the new hot topic among urban policymakers, planners and economists. Florida has developed one of three path-breaking theories about the relationship between creative individuals and urban environments. The economist Åke E. Andersson and the psychologist Dean Simonton are the other members of this ‘creative troika’. In the Handbook of Creative Cities, Florida, Andersson and Simonton appear in the same volume for the first time. The expert contributors in this timely Handbook extend their insights with a varied set of theoretical and empirical tools. The diversity of the contributions reflect the multidisciplinary nature of creative city theorizing, which encompasses urban economics, economic geography, social psychology, urban sociology, and urban planning. The stated policy implications are equally diverse, ranging from libertarian to social democratic visions of our shared creative and urban future.

Chapter 13: The Arts: Not Just Artists (and Vice Versa)

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett and Kevin M. Stolarick

Subjects: economics and finance, urban economics, geography, cities, economic geography, innovation and technology, innovation policy, urban and regional studies, cities, urban economics, urban studies


Elizabeth Currid-Halkett and Kevin M. Stolarick Since the early 1990s, the arts have been seriously considered in scholarship and practice for their role in the economic development of the regions and cities in which they concentrate. There is no question that the arts, and more broadly cultural production, have been an important field of study in the social sciences since the turn of the nineteenth century (Veblen [1899] 1994; Simmel, 1904; Robinson, 1961; Blumer, 1969). However, in more recent years, the arts have been looked at for their practical application in the development of place (Molotch, 1996, 2002; Scott, 2000, 2005; Currid, 2006, 2007b; Markusen and Schrock, 2006b; Markusen et al., 2008). In the face of the globalization and homogenization of the urban experience, a regional arts economic base is significant in establishing a region or city identity or what Markusen and Schrock (2006a) call ‘distinction’. The insertion of the arts into economic development has resulted in large-scale tourism developments (Judd and Fainstein, 1999; Strom, 2002), efforts to use the arts as redevelopment (Zukin, 1989; Plaza, 2006; Grodach and Loukaitou-Sideris, 2007) and as a part of larger amenity schemes (Glaeser et al., 2001; Florida, 2002a; Clark, 2004). Other types of arts-oriented economic development have tended to invest in large-scale tourism and cultural ‘hard branding’ (Evans, 2003), using museums and corporate investments as a means to create a cultural milieu to lure visitors and new desirable residents (Sassen and Roost, 1999; Strom, 2002; Plaza, 2006). Additionally, developers have sought to create...

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