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Title The city as an entertainment machine / edited by Terry Nichols Clark
Edition First edition
Published Amsterdam [Netherlands] ; Boston [Mass.] : Elsevier/JAI, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 325 pages) : illustrations
Series Research in urban policy, 1479-3520 ; v. 9
Research in urban policy ; v. 9
Contents Introduction: Taking entertainment seriously ; Political theory of consumption ; Urban amenities: lakes, opera, and juice bars: do they drive development? / Terry Nichols Clark -- Globalization and the liminal: transgression, identity and the urban primitive / Lauren Langman and Katie Cangemi -- Consumers and cities: Edward L. Glaeser, Jed Kolko and Albert Saiz -- New political culture and local government in England / Anne Bartlett with Terry Nichols Clark and Dennis Merritt -- Technology and tolerance: the importance of diversity to high-technology growth / Richard Florida and Gary Gates -- Gays and urban development: how are they linked? / Terry Nichols Clark -- Amenities: recent economic studies / Alexei Zelenev -- International mayor / Terry Nichols Clark with Dennis Merritt and Lenka Siroky -- Starbucks, bicycle paths, and urban growth machines: emails among members of urban and community sections of American Sociological Association / compiled by Terry Nichols Clark -- Amenities drive urban growth: a new paradigm and policy linkages / Terry Nichols Clark [and others]
Summary People both live and work in cities. And where they choose to live shifts where and how they work. Amenities enter as enticements to bring new residents or tourists to a city. Amenities have thus become new public concerns for many cities in the US and much of Northern Europe. Old ways of thinking, old paradigms - such as "location, location, location" and "land, labour, capital, and management generate economic development"--Are too simple. So is "human capital drives development". To these earlier questions, we add: "how do amenities and related consumption attract talented people, who in turn drive the classic processes which make cities grow?" This new question is critical for policy makers. Urban public officials, business, and nonprofit leaders are using culture, entertainment, and urban amenities to (seek to) enhance their locations - for present and future residents, tourists, conventioneers, and shoppers. This volume explores how consumption and entertainment change cities. But it reverses the "normal" causal process. That is, many chapters analyse how consumption and entertainment drive urban development, not vice versa. It details the impacts of opera, used bookstores, brew pubs, bicycle events, Starbucks' coffee shops, gay residents and other factors on changes in jobs, population, inventions, and more. It interprets these processes by showing how they add new insights from economics, sociology, political science, public policy, and geography. Considerable evidence is presented about how consumption, amenities, and culture drive urban policy - by encouraging people to move to or from different cities and regions. The book also explores how different amenities attract the innovative persons who are catalysts in making the modern economy and high tech hum
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Cities and towns -- Growth.
Recreation -- Social aspects.
Sociology, Urban.
Form Electronic book
Author Clark, Terry Nichols, 1940-
ISBN 1849502404 (electronic bk.)
9781849502405 (electronic bk.)