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Volume 31, Issue 4

What Can Cultural and Creative Industries Do for Urban Development? Three Stories from the Postsocialist Industrial City of Ostrava

Ondřej Slach
  • Department of Human Geography and Regional Development, University of Ostrava, Chittussiho Street 10, 710 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic
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Published Online: 2013-01-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10117-012-0039-z


This paper is focused on the role of cultural and creative industries in the regeneration of the inner city of Ostrava. The first part outlines the basic relationship of cultural and creative industries and urban areas in market economies, with emphasis on industrial cities. Ostrava is a post-socialist city, therefore essential characteristics of one are briefly given. The empirical part presents three case studies demonstrating the impact of cultural and creative industries on the regeneration of the inner city of Ostrava. In the conclusion, the case studies are discussed in a comparative perspective with special accent on the role of the public sector as an actor of culture-led regeneration in Ostrava.

Keywords: cultural and creative industries; regeneration; post-socialist city; Ostrava; case study

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Citation Information: Quaestiones Geographicae, Volume 31, Issue 4, Pages 99–112, ISSN (Online) , ISSN (Print) 0137-477X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10117-012-0039-z.

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