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Defining community

There is so much that is taken for granted when planning in the United States (no one has to think too hard about finding Brooklyn, More...

How America’s cultural tourism industry has left Canada behind

Several years ago, I was on the phone with Louise Stevens. Louise is an arts consultant in the United States, who, along with her husband More...

Canada’s cultural tourism industry: The numbers shouldn’t surprise us

In my last post, I talked about place-based cultural tourism – an approach to destination planning I’ve developed to maximize a community’s ability to attract More...

Place-based cultural tourism: A new planning paradigm

For the past decade, my work has focused on destination planning for cultural tourism.  Using principles and practices of cultural planning pioneered by my friend More...

New discourse on economic policy and politics

I’ve travelled across Canada and some European countries teaching the history of modern economic development. My lecture starts with Jacobs in the 1960s, moving to More...

Creative Placemaking

Most of my work in cultural planning has operated at a ‘macro level’ of community or city-wide plans. While this will continue to be a More...