Cultural Initiatives and Local Development: A Basis for Inclusive Neighborhood Revitalization

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Cultural Initiatives and Local Development: A Basis for Inclusive Neighborhood Revitalization


  • Juan-Luis Klein Department of Geography, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
  • Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay Ecole des Sciences de l’Administration, Université TÉLUQ, Canada
  • Laurent Sauvage PhD Program in Urban Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
  • Leila Ghaffari PhD Program in Urban Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
  • Wilfredo Angulo PhD Program in Urban Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada


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Abstract:  This article focuses on cultural and creative activities and the development of local communities. Several studies on North America, Europe and Latin America have shown that this type of activity may have a positive impact on the local economy and living environments, and in particular on the sense of territorial belonging and on relations between citizens. In this text, we propose a reading of the impact of neighborhood cultural initiatives in the context of local socio-economic development based on a set of indicators of the local cultural vitality of a neighborhood. The empirical research was carried out in Montreal, namely on two boroughs: Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie and Sud-Ouest.

Keywords:  city; culture; local community; local development; Montreal; neighborhood

Published:   24 January 2019


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v4i1.1658


© Juan-Luis Klein, Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, Laurent Sauvage, Leila Ghaffari, Wilfredo Angulo. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.