Reimaging the suburbs: An investigation of a placemaking strategy in a deindustrialising city

Michelle Mansfield


Governments at all levels and in many different countries are attempting to address the problems associated with deindustrialisation by initiating cultural planning strategies to reimage the city and reinvigorate economies. This paper seeks to examine the discourses mobilised in two cultural heritage walks brochures being used in the revitalisation of a deindustrialising suburb in Newcastle, NSW. The article explores the myths and themes reflected in these brochures to create a discourse of place to be adopted in an attempt to address the social, cultural and economic problems associated with heavy industrial restructuring and decline.

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Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management; ISSN 1449-1184
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