Why do aestheticized urban landscapes attract higher income groups? What role do artists and boutiques play in neighbourhood class transformation?
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:
- Host Andy Longhurst reads an excerpt from Vanessa Mathews’ article “Aestheticizing Space: Art, Gentrification, and the City” which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Geography Compass
- Dr. Sharon Zukin (Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York)
- Tarah Hogue (Curator, Gam Gallery)
- Richard Newirth (Director, Cultural Services, City of Vancouver)
- Dr. Harvey Molotch (Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Sociology, New York University)
- Downtown Eastside neighbourhood activist Wendy Pedersen (Carnegie Community Action Project)
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