Re-presenting the City: Arts, Culture, and Diversity in Philadelphia

During our study of Arts Resources for Children and Youth in Philadelphia (1997), we made a discovery that had implications for our later work. In examining the correlations between the density of cultural resources and census variables, we found that census tracts with many arts resources were more likely to have both above-average poverty rates and above-average proportions of professionals and managers in the labor force. At first we thought we had made a mistake, but it finally occurred to us that there were many Philadelphia neighborhoods that had both of these characteristics—neighborhoods we would characterize as "pov-prof." Our working paper, “Re-presenting the City,” explored this form of diversity in greater detail.