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Big ideas for a small town: the huddersfield creative town initiative


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  • Phil Wood
  • Calvin Taylor
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    Whilst much of the attention of those concerned with culture and regeneration has rightly been focused upon the core cities and regional capitals, it would be a mistake to assume that smaller towns and cities do not also have a role to play. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, is one of a number of towns clustered around the Pennines that grew, and for a hundred years prospered, from the textile trade but which, by the 1980s, were in serious economic decline. This article examines how culture has contributed to the regeneration of the town and the wider local authority district. 1 It reviews the developing role of the creative industries within the district and, in particular, the role of the local Council as a key catalyst for many of the institutional and policy shifts that have contributed to this development. The paper is very much intended as reflection on a particular case study. It is certainly not offered as a blueprint but as an opportunity to contribute to the developing knowledge base concerned with the role of the cultural and creative industries in urban development.

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    Article provided by Taylor and Francis Journals in its journal Local Economy.

    Volume (Year): 19 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 380-395

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:loceco:v:19:y:2004:i:4:p:380-395

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    Keywords: Creative industries; economic development; regeneration; urban creativity; creative city; creative town; innovative milieu; cycle of creativity;


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    1. Catarina Selada & Ines Vilhena da Cunha & Elisabete Tomaz, 2011. "Creative Clusters in Low Density Areas: A Case-Study Approach," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1366, European Regional Science Association.


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