The Impacts of Culture-led Flagship Projects on Local Communities in the Context of Post-socialist Tallinn

Ingmar Pastak, Anneli Kährik
2016 Czech Sociological Review  
In post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe, the effects of urban culture-led fl agship projects on the quality of life of local neighbourhood communities have only received marginal attention, while the overriding focus has been on promoting economic growth and internationalisation. The aim of the article is to identify the community impacts of culture-led regeneration projects carried out in the inner city of Tallinn in the past decade. Qualitative analysis of three inner-city fl agship
more » ... city fl agship projects-creative campus, museum, and cultural hub-revealed that culture-led regeneration projects, whether public or private initiatives, are regarded as standard business models. In terms of their infl uence on local communities, the projects vary depending on their focus, the degree of engagement of local groups in the planning phase and activities, and the extent of actual physical change. However, in cases where local groups have been engaged, the engagement has been selective and has primarily involved the creative class. Local residents nevertheless perceive that the projects have led to overall positive changes in physical neighbourhood characteristics.
doi:10.13060/00380288.2016.52.6.292 fatcat:ulkoydtyhvervbm6uoois6ip3m