Urban regeneration: from the arts ‘feel good’ factor to the cultural economy. A case study of Hoxton, London

Pratt, A.C. (2009). Urban regeneration: from the arts ‘feel good’ factor to the cultural economy. A case study of Hoxton, London. Urban Studies, 46(5-8), pp. 1041-1061. doi: 10.1177/0042098009103854

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Abstract

This paper seeks to examine critically the role of culture in the continued development, or regeneration, of `post-industrial' cities. First, it is critical of instrumental conceptions of culture with regard to urban regeneration. Secondly, it is critical of the adequacy of the conceptual framework of the `post-industrial city' (and the `service sector') as a basis for the understanding and explanation of the rise of cultural industries in cities. The paper is based upon a case study of the transformation of a classic, and in policy debates a seminal, `cultural quarter': Hoxton Square, North London. Hoxton, and many areas like it, are commonly presented as derelict parts of cities which many claim have, through a magical injection of culture, been transformed into dynamic destinations. The paper suggests a more complex and multifaceted causality based upon a robust concept of the cultural industries as industry rather than as consumption.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban And Regional Planning, Applied Economics, Human Geography
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: School of Arts
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12251

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