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More Than Storefronts

 Murals and colorful awnings can certainly brighten up a commercial street and make it more attractive to residents and visitors, but creative placemaking can be and do so much more. A new publication from LISC, More Than Storefronts: Insights into Creative Placemaking and Community Economic Development, shows how creative placemaking can support and sustain economic development in ways that are more than skin deep.

Authors Chris Walker of LISC and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus and Rachel Engh of Metris Arts Consulting created six case studies and conducted extensive interviews to illustrate how creative activities can drive the economic revitalization of disinvested areas. The report describes the ways arts and culture-based efforts contribute to economic development – such as start-up of new arts-based businesses – as well as how the resulting economic revitalization can boost social outcomes like increased opportunities for youth engagement and self-expression. The authors conclude with a series of recommendations gleaned from the practitioner interviews for how other communities can pursue arts and culture-led economic development.

The case studies feature:

  • The NUNU Arts and Culture Collective – Arnaudville, Louisiana
  • Fountain Square – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • CounterPulse – San Francisco, California
  • The North Shore Collinwood neighborhood – Cleveland, Ohio
  • Project Storefronts – New Haven, Connecticut
  • The Penn Avenue Corridor – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Download More Than Storefronts: Insights into Creative Placemaking and Community Economic Development

Posted in Commercial Corridors, Art, Culture & Economic Development, Arts & Culture

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