[Podcast] From Poor to Yuppie: Artists, Boutiques, and Neighbourhood Change

Why do aestheticized urban landscapes attract higher income groups? What role do artists and boutiques play in neighbourhood class transformation?

“Creative people need creative space.” Photo taken in San Francisco’s SoMa district by Andy Longhurst.

On this week’s edition of The City, we critically evaluate the connections between artists, galleries and boutiques, city policy, and processes of neighbourhood change. Artists have long been implicated in processes of neighbourhood socio-economic upgrading, and their preferred locational choice of affordable, (lower-income) inner-city neighbourhoods is implicated in early stages of major neighbourhood class transformation. We examine how artists and cultural workers themselves view these processes, the role of city planning policy, and the potential barriers to gentrification.

The City critically unpacks these issues from the following perspectives:

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