The suggestion in the Harvard Business Review's 2004 Breakthrough Ideas edition (February 2004) that a Masters of Fine Arts degree has become the new MBA is a sign of heightened interest and recognition of the developmental role played by creative professionals in the economic, physical and social evolution of a city. But what is the definition of a creative city? What are the benefits and barriers to the creative city process? This issue of the Arts Research Monitor focuses on four research papers that seek to provide some answers to these questions.
Four reports from Canadian Policy Research Networks (August 2004) provide information about: What is a creative city? What are some benefits of creative cities? What is required to build a creative city? What are the barriers and opportunities in the development of creative cities? How can public policy influence creative cities? Creative city case studies.