Episode 37: Cities and Culture w/ Rebecca Greenwald

Street music in Philadelphia (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

Cities are host to a variety of cultural assets, from local music to theatre, community arts and nightclubs. But not all of them prioritize these assets or their infrastructure — the spaces where creatives work, live and perform. In the quest to attract the “creative class”, these cities can neglect the very culture creators who made them attractive places to begin with. For the sake of avoiding the scourge of the “non-place”, Rebecca Greenwald has a simple request: listen to your creatives, preserve your cultural assets, and create a culture that is authentic and attractive for locals and tourists alike.

Check out our conversation with Rebecca, and be sure to check out her article with Yvonne Lo on Next City for more on the full report for the World Cities Culture Forum.

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Episode references:

Making Space for Culture (World Cities Culture Forum) :

Next City Article “Making Space for Culture: How Cities Can Preserve Their Valued (and Valuable) Cultural Assets”: https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/making-space-for-culture-how-cities-can-preserve-their-valued-and-valuable

Intro and closing music is “Urban Life” by Gustavs Strazdin used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode