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The importance of neighborhood context in arts-led development

Murdoch, James; Grodach, Carl; Foster, Nicole


James Murdoch

Carl Grodach

Nicole Foster


© 2015, © The Author(s) 2015. This article contributes to the creative city–community development arts policy debate by examining the association of arts organizations to various neighborhood contexts in New York City. Results from multivariate regression analyses show that arts organizations regardless of type are positioned to serve the creative class rather than play a community development role. Notably, only a small subset of locally focused organizations and organizations with smaller expenditures locate in disadvantaged and immigrant neighborhoods where they might play a direct role in community development. Instead, most arts organizations tend to locate in the most highly urbanized, amenities-rich areas with young working singles and creative industries. These findings raise important questions for incorporating the arts into neighborhood planning efforts.


Murdoch, J., Grodach, C., & Foster, N. (2015). The importance of neighborhood context in arts-led development. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 36(1), 32-48.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2015
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Journal of Planning Education and Research
Print ISSN 0739-456X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 1
Pages 32-48
Keywords importance, neighborhood, context, arts-led, development
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