Costas Spirou, PhD, Professor and Department Chair published an article titled “Urban Festive Policies and Sociocultural Impacts: An International Perspective” in Society and Leisure 36(1): 94-110. Part of a special issue Urban Policy and Territorial Planning in the Festive City, the article focuses on the social implications of urban policy that draws from festive planning practices to redevelop cities. In the last few decades, municipal and business leaders have turned their attention to the renewal of their city core thought the use of tourism. These urban festive policies though prove to have significant social and related distributional consequences by impacting community residents and by injecting varied urban identities. Data drawn from four cities shows that redesign processes aimed at creating urban planning festive components must seriously consider these unanticipated effects.
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