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Nienke van Boom

In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies

Chapter 23: Rebalancing the Creative City After 20 Years of Debate

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Rebalancing the Creative City After 20 Years of Debate
Rebalancing the Creative City after 20 Years of Debate
Nienke van Boom
INTRODUCTION

For over the past two decades, cities have increasingly focused on stimulating artistic, cultural and creative practices in order to build new urban futures. Arts, culture and creativity are argued to attract tourists and (affluent) inhabitants, to provide jobs, to stimulate productivity and innovation, and to play an important role in local branding strategies. More and more cities are positioning themselves as ‘creative’ (Evans, 2009, Chapter 20, this volume), making reference to creative planning strategies such as strengthening the creative economy, supporting creative industries, planning creative clusters or attracting the creative class. There seems to be no such thing as ‘THE creative city': each scholar, ...

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