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Take Time to Smell the Flowers, Please! Public Gardens and Economic Development

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  • William R. Latham

    () (Department of Economics,University of Delaware)

  • Adrienne Donald

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A model of economic impacts of public gardens on their communities is developed stressing the roles of visitors as well as staff and suppliers in creating impacts. The model is implemented for four different gardens using a combination of survey and normal business data from the gardens with a well-known impact model system.The gardens selected span the major types in terms of metropolitan-nonmetropolitan locations and walk-in vs. destination facilities as well as being located in different regions of the U.S. The results show significant direct and multiplier effects which vary systematically with the typed of facility. The model can be applied to other facilities using a workbook available from the authors.

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  • William R. Latham & Adrienne Donald, 2005. " Take Time to Smell the Flowers, Please! Public Gardens and Economic Development," Working Papers 05-13, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:05-13
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    Keywords

    Public Gardens; Economic Impact; Economic Development Policy;

    JEL classification:

    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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