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Why Do Artists Create Urban Development?
Mar 27, 2013
The Center for the Arts in Society presents Aaron Shkuda, an ACLS new faculty fellow in Carnegie Mellon's History Department, who will discuss "Why Artists Create Urban Development? A Case Study of SoHo, New York." Today, there is an assumption that artists help create a certain type of urban development. Urban policymakers seek to create and nurture arts communities, the National Endowment for the Arts and the foundation world have focused on the idea of "creative placemaking," and former Carnegie Mellon Professor Richard Florida has made a career out of exploring the connection between the creative class and dynamic urban economies. Yet it is not entirely clear why the link between artists and urban development should exist. Artists don't often earn high incomes, and some are even explicitly anti-capitalist. Why should they help drive real estate development and retail growth? The case of Manhattan's SoHo can begin to provide answers to this question.
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