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The location patterns of artistic clusters: A metro- and neighborhood-level analysis

Grodach, Carl; Currid-Halkett, Elizabeth; Foster, Nicole; Murdoch, James


Carl Grodach

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Nicole Foster

James Murdoch


Analysing census and industry data at the metro and neighbourhood levels, this paper seeks to identify the location characteristics associated with artistic clusters and determine how these characteristics vary across different places. We find that the arts cannot be taken overall as an urban panacea, but rather that their impact is place-specific and policy ought to reflect these nuances. However, our work also finds that, paradoxically, the arts' role in developing metro economies is as highly underestimated as it is overgeneralised. While arts clusters exhibit unique industry, scale and place-specific attributes, we also find evidence that they cluster in 'innovation districts', suggesting they can play a larger role in economic development. To this end, our results raise important questions and point toward new approaches for arts-based urban development policy that look beyond a focus on the arts as amenities to consider the localised dynamics between the arts and other industries. © Urban Studies Journal Limited 2013.


Grodach, C., Currid-Halkett, E., Foster, N., & Murdoch, J. (2014). The location patterns of artistic clusters: A metro- and neighborhood-level analysis. Urban Studies, 51(13), 2822-2843.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 11, 2013
Online Publication Date Feb 10, 2014
Publication Date Oct 1, 2014
Deposit Date Feb 6, 2018
Journal Urban Studies
Print ISSN 0042-0980
Electronic ISSN 1360-063X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 13
Pages 2822-2843
Keywords arts, arts policy, creative economy, economic development, industry cluster
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