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This area focuses on community cultural and social seams: public places that support diverse communities, great streets, and the role of the arts in community development.
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In recent years, there has been growing interest in the arts, culture, and community revitalization among city planners, policy makers, funders, and scholars from a range of disciplines. A number of scholars have argued that the arts are correlated to gentrification ¬the displacement of lower-income residents in urban neighborhoods caused by increases in rent. MORE...
 
 
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While the city undergoes its formal General Plan update process, led by Professor John Landis in Fall 2006, a studio of graduate students in UC Berkeley's Department of City and Regional Planning are considering questions and possibilities for the consultants, city government officials and General Plan Advisory Committee. (This work cross-links with capacity building in Revitalizing Neighborhoods.) MORE...
 

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Arts and Community

In recent years, there has been growing interest in the arts, culture, and community revitalization among city planners, policy makers, funders, and scholars from a range of disciplines. A number of scholars have argued that the arts are correlated to gentrification ­the displacement of lower-income residents in urban neighborhoods caused by increases in rent. However, a considerable body of new research suggests that cultural institutions based in low-income neighborhoods, including a host of non-arts amenities that allow for cultural participation and creative expression, such as community centers, churches, and parks, enhance community stability and are catalysts for change without displacement. CCI is researching the relationship between the arts and neighborhood change. We started by creating a database of non-profit arts organizations, artists, and art-related events in two low-income Oakland neighborhoods. Through secondary sources, observation, and interviews, we are learning about their activities, audiences, and networks and beginning to identify ways in which the local arts ecology helps strengthen the community. How do community-based arts organizations and events help shape neighborhood consciousness and subsequent change? What makes them effective agents for community building? What kind of relationships enable them to thrive and what types of facilities do they use? How do their activities relate to the city's “official” arts and culture policies? And finally, how might funders, government officials, developers, and city planners think about and support the arts in the context of sustainable and equitable neighborhood revitalization?

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