Culture and Community Revitalization: A SIAP/Reinvestment Fund Collaboration—2007-2009

Document Type

Policy Brief




Public policy promoting the creative economy has two serious flaws: one, a misperception of culture and creativity as a product of individual genius rather than collective activity; and, two, a willingness to tolerate social dislocation in exchange for urban vitality or competitive advantage. This brief recaps current culture and revitalization research and policy and proposes a new model—a neighborhood based creative economy—that has the potential to move the 21st century city toward shared prosperity and social integration.


The Culture and Urban Revitalization project was a collaboration between SIAP and The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), a community development financial institution, with support by the Rockefeller Foundation.



Date Posted: 03 May 2017