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Toward a better understanding of the cultural amenity concept



This article deals with the definition of amenity and more specifi- cally with cultural amenity issues. The very concept of amenity still remains unclear though it has been widely used both in the environmental field since the 70’s, and in the cultural one since the beginning of the twentieth century. In the latter stream of literature, it is used to discuss urban development based on culture and creative class theory. However, the concept is often reduced to the amount of cultural equipment available in a city. We define an amenity as a non-market service provided by the specific features pertaining to an area. In addition, the amenity is a non-excludable and non-rivalrous service within this area. The originality of this paper lies in the analysis of the conditions under which cultural amenities can be generated and strengthened at a city scale. The process of cultural amenity generation depends on three main features concerning cultural assets: their density, their anchorage in the city and the implementation of flagship assets. Cultural activities can be instrumental in shaping charm, image and ambiance of cities. The last three items are examples of amenities. The randomness, the complexity and the bottom-up aspect of the amenity generation phenomenon is also discussed. Side issues that are at stake such as city gentrification, strategies of access to amenities are also part of our reflection. 
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Olivier Mouate. Toward a better understanding of the cultural amenity concept. 19th International Conference on Cultural Economics, 2016, Valladolid, Spain. ⟨hal-02528858⟩
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