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Id 203
Author Rosenstein, C.,
Title Cultural development and city neighborhoods.

Rosenstein, C. (2011). Cultural development and city neighborhoods. City, Culture and Society, 2(1): 9‑15.

Keywords Cultural development; Cultural policy; Cultural administration; Cities; Urban neighborhoods; Cultural democracy
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Abstract This article examines four defining characteristics of city cultural policy: (1) the concentration of cultural resources in downtowns and cultural districts; (2) a policy infrastructure focused on nonprofit organizations, cultural industries and tourism; (3) the narrow policy scope and political influence of city-level cultural agencies; and (4) the decentralized and under-institutionalized authority and oversight in the public cultural sector. The article traces the impacts of these characteristics on cultural development and the cultural life of neighborhoods, arguing that when city cultural agencies do not consciously and actively incorporate communities and their needs into cultural development, their policies and programs can in fact conflict with and threaten the cultural health of urban neighborhoods.

Metodology This article is informed by a series of policy forums held in New Orleans in 2008 and 2009 by The Living Cultures Project,a university-community partnership established to maximize the benefits of culture-based policy, planning and community development in post-Katrina New Orleans neighborhoods.

Findings The article concludes that in order to foster a more coordinated and holistic approach to developing and managing neighborhood cultural life: (1) cultural development must be purposefully dedicated to supporting the diverse cultural lives of city residents; (2) cities should designate an agency responsible for supporting neighborhood cultural life, invest in neighborhood cultural asset mapping, and plan for ways to promote identified cultural assets; (3) licensing and permitting of cultural activities should be governed by codified, transparent processes overseen by a cultural agency accountable to both the cultural sector and neighborhoods; (4) public sector cultural agencies should be better integrated into decision-making and implementation of policies that impact cultural activity; and (5) in some cities, a central cultural authority should be designated.
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DOI DOI: 10.1016/j.ccs.2011.02.002
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