Assets, ambience and amenity: the United States
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Traditionally American cities have prospered economically and with flourishes of boosterism and unabashed civic price, have created the amenities that define a city as great – parks, museums, sporting arenas, public plazas, tree-lined boulevards. In fact that is what Louisville Kentucky did in the age of prosperity. But when economic prosperity flagged the city made the unorthodox decision to see if the tail could wag the dog – to see if by concentrating on amenities, quality of life and tourism … it can assure prosperity back in a lively revitalized Louisville.
McNulty’s agenda-setting Keynote Address (with the noteworthy title of ‘Cultural Planning: A Movement for Civic Progress’) to the Cultural Planning Conference held in Sydney, Australia, in 1991, was organized around four main themes: economic and community development and image building; design and public aesthetics; cultural infrastructure; and social equity (1991: 1-2). At the centre of each of these themes were cultural institutions, which he said should play a role in community leadership, be instrumental in creating aesthetically pleasing environments and provide a service to the society. Cultural institutions, according to McNulty, are also important elements of the ‘amenity’ that helps to make cities both liveable and attractive to business and tourists, with the tripartite constituencies of locals, business and tourists pervading the agenda of cultural planning and going to the core of many of its internal tensions.