An exploration of the urban form preferences of Edmonton’s creative workers
Thomas, Craig Ronald
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Subjectcreative class; Edmonton; socioeconomic; sociospatial; urban form preferences; working class
Using data collected from the 2011 census and survey results, this study explores the urban form preferences of Edmonton’s creative workers. Edmonton continues to have a diverse economy, which includes a robust industrial sector. Research on creative class theory has not considered certain social and economic attributes of a city region such as Edmonton. Despite the lack of research interest, understanding the urban form preferences and social characteristics of Edmonton’s creative workers is important for planners and policy makers to develop relevant strategies aimed at diversifying its economy and becoming an attracting place for creative workers. According to the creative class theory, the creative economy operates and flourishes in the right spatial, cultural, and regulatory conditions. Understanding Edmonton’s creative class provides a unique case study to evaluate the claims suggested in creative class theory. This thesis reveals certain differences between the Edmonton case study and what is expected based on the understanding of creative class theory. This thesis also offers recommendations in light of those differences.
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