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Living in Wonderland: Urban development and placemaking by David Twohig

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Using Culture to Seed Regeneration

Culture and art are the platforms that attract creative industries, which in turn drive progress and economic growth.

One of the greatest challenges of major regeneration is attracting people to an area that has been unloved and unwanted. You can attract people through low-cost housing, and entice businesses through a variety of tax incentives, but the sole use of these tools can result in sterile communities that will suffer future social problems.

Buying into the concept that culture breathes creativity is key. The provision of a centrepiece – be it a gallery, art school, sculpture park or any urban intervention of note – can be a catalyst for growth. And there are a myriad of examples. On a grand scale ...

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