Before and after the Creative City: The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy in Austin, Texas

  title={Before and after the Creative City: The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy in Austin, Texas},
  author={Carl Grodach},
  journal={Journal of Urban Affairs},
  pages={81 - 97}
  • C. Grodach
  • Published 1 February 2012
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Urban Affairs
ABSTRACT: This article examines the politics and practice of urban cultural policy in Austin, Texas. I demonstrate how aspects of the local context frame how local government and cultural sector interests strive to initiate the direction of policy. While larger trends—such as Richard Florida’s creative city thesis—influence cultural policy and planning, specific contextual factors including prior economic development and growth management policy, departmental organization, the forum for… 

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