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CREATIVE CITIES: THE CULTURAL INDUSTRIES AND THE CREATIVE CLASS

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The aim of this article is to critically examine the notion that the creative class may or may not play as a causal mechanism of urban regeneration. I begin with a review of Florida's argument focusing on the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings. The second section develops a critique of the relationship between the creative class and growth. This is followed by an attempt to clarify the relationship between the concepts of creativity, culture and the creative industries. Finally, I suggest that policy-makers may achieve more successful regeneration outcomes if they attend to the cultural industries as an object that links production and consumption, manufacturing and service. Such a notion is more useful in interpreting and understanding the significant role of cultural production in contemporary cities, and what relation it has to growth.

Keywords: creative city; creative class; cultural industries; urban regeneration

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0467.2008.00281.x

Affiliations: Geography and Environment/Centre for Urban Research, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom., Email: a.c.pratt@lse.ac.uk

Publication date: June 1, 2008

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