On Cities, Racialized Poverty, and Collective Responsibility

July 10, 2018  • Posted in Podcasts  •  0 Comments

Emma Shaw Crane (ESC): This is Emma Shaw Crane. I’m here with Professor Davarian L. Baldwin for “New Poverty Politics for Changing Times: What Emerging Nationalist Populisms mean for Poverty and Inequality”, a project of the Relational Poverty Network. Professor Baldwin is Paul E. Rather Distinguished Professor of American Cities at Trinity College in Hartford…Can you say a little bit more about [creative industries]?

Davarian L. Baldwin (DLB): Yes. So, that’s been a big obsession with me in the last ten years. Primarily through the lens of universities and hospitals and stadiums and casinos. So, what happens in, you know, cities that have been perceived to be abject or dead cities, if you will – after the more pervasive impact of deindustrialization – cities that have been left to recovery strategies primarily organized around creative place-making and attempts to convert tourism and cultural practices into economies, what people are calling “urban growth machines”. And so, in the last twenty to thirty years you’ve seen this phenomenal and daunting increase in an investment in tourism or lifestyle economies…

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