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

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This document provides an overview of the state-of-the-art literature on culture and urban revitalization. Part 2 places the creative sector in contemporary context with a discussion of three social dynamics: the “new urban reality”, the changing structure of the creative sector, and the emergence of transactional policy-making. Part 3 turns to the major dimensions of current literature on culture-based urban revitalization: the promise of the creative economy; culture’s role in building community capacity; and the negative consequences of culture-based development. Part 4 uses the critical synthesis afforded by the review of literature to propose a new model of a neighborhood-based creative economy. Part 5 concludes with a reflection on research gaps and implications for community development policy and practice. Here the authors postulate that U.S. cities have the potential to regenerate urban neighborhoods through culture-based strategies that combine wealth-creation and social justice—but only by digesting the lessons of past experience.


The "Harvest Document" is a product of a collaboration between SIAP's research group and The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), a community development financial institution. The TRF/SIAP collaboration was facilitated by the Rockefeller Foundation as part of its commitment to urban development and community cultural vitality.



Date Posted: 03 May 2017