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Vicious Geography: The Spatial Organization Of Prostitution In Twentieth Century Philadelphia, Sarah S. Bertozzi Dec 2005

Vicious Geography: The Spatial Organization Of Prostitution In Twentieth Century Philadelphia, Sarah S. Bertozzi

CUREJ - College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal

This study analyzes the geography of prostitution in twentieth-century Philadelphia. Specifically, it addresses how the spatial organization of the sex trade has changed over this time period and considers possible explanations for this change. The author evaluates the influence of market economics, police repression and moral stigmatization on prostitution’s geography in Philadelphia. The author relies on records of prostitution-related arrests, vice complaints, law enforcement testimony, press coverage, and governmental reports to determine the location of vice since the early 1900s. The author concludes that Philadelphia’s case study complicates the narrative of spatial change put forth by the existing ...


Culture Vs. Policy: Introduction And Summary Of The Research, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert Oct 2005

Culture Vs. Policy: Introduction And Summary Of The Research, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert

Dynamics of Culture—2003-2005

This summary provides a descriptive overview of SIAP’s research from 2003 to 2005 in metropolitan Philadelphia. The authors argue that the papers produced by the Dynamics of Culture project document an early 21st century American city with a flourishing cultural sector--a community infrastructure full of vitality and promise, in spite of social policy, not because of it.


‘Natural’ Cultural Districts: Arts Agglomerations In Metropolitan Philadelphia And Implications For Cultural District Planning, Susan C. Seifert, Mark J. Stern Oct 2005

‘Natural’ Cultural Districts: Arts Agglomerations In Metropolitan Philadelphia And Implications For Cultural District Planning, Susan C. Seifert, Mark J. Stern

Dynamics of Culture—2003-2005

As older cities and towns retooled to accommodate post-industrialism, cultural districts have become popular strategies to promote tourism, revive downtowns, revitalize neighborhoods, and generally boost the local economy. While entertainment centers are hardly new to urban life, the cultural district as economic stimulus has become increasingly standard equipment in the planners’ toolbox. The typical district is “a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area of a city in which a high concentration of cultural facilities serves as the anchor or attraction.” Thus the cultural district is a strategy for simulating arts “consumption” and “event-related spending”, but planning largely ignores the production needs of ...


Philadelphia-Camden Cultural Participation Benchmarking Project: Presentation Of Neighborhood Survey Results, Alan S. Brown Jun 2005

Philadelphia-Camden Cultural Participation Benchmarking Project: Presentation Of Neighborhood Survey Results, Alan S. Brown

Philadelphia and Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project

This presentation provides a summary of findings of a 2004 neighborhood survey of North Philadelphia and Camden, NJ conducted for the Benchmark Project. The slides summarize data on a range of activities, venues, and social context among adult residents of these predominantly low-income neighborhoods. Brown also outlines a framework for thinking about cultural participation based on "level of creative control."


Arts In Place: Philadelphia's Cultural Landscape, Social Impact Of The Arts Project (Siap) May 2005

Arts In Place: Philadelphia's Cultural Landscape, Social Impact Of The Arts Project (Siap)

Dynamics of Culture—2003-2005

To inform the debate over costs vs benefits of arts-based development to neighborhood revitalization, Penn Urban Studies Program chose "arts in place" as the theme of its Third Annual Public Conversation Series 2003-04. This document is a synthesis of the narratives and insights gleaned from the series--eight events with 23 speakers over five months--to share with a wider audience. The report describes the models and theories about how the arts influence development raised in six site-based discussions. Lastly, the report presents themes and issues that cut across Philadelphia's cultural landscape aired during the culminating session and throughout the series.


Philadelphia-Camden Cultural Participation Benchmarking Project: Neighborhood Survey, Alan S. Brown Mar 2005

Philadelphia-Camden Cultural Participation Benchmarking Project: Neighborhood Survey, Alan S. Brown

Philadelphia and Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project

This document presents the findings of a neighborhood survey undertaken by Alan S Brown & Associates for the Benchmark Project. The study employed a door-to-door intercept methodology using a random sample of addresses in each of five neighborhoods—three in North Philadelphia and two in Camden, NJ. The resident survey, based on themes from Research for Action’s focus group work, investigated a broad range of cultural and creative activities and venues to build a participation profile of adults in the survey neighborhoods. The report also summarizes data on the social context of residents of these predominantly low-income neighborhoods. In his ...


An Experimental Analysis Of Learning From Experience About Natural-Hazards, Robert Meyer, Howard Kunreuther Jan 2005

An Experimental Analysis Of Learning From Experience About Natural-Hazards, Robert Meyer, Howard Kunreuther

Marketing Papers

The ability of individuals to learn optimal strategies for mitigation against infrequently-occurring natural hazards is explored. We report the results of two experiments in which participants are faced with the problem of learning the most cost-effective means of protecting against earthquake losses. The experiments utilize dynamic computer simulations in which participants are endowed with homes in virtual communities that are prone to periodic impacts by earthquakes. Participants can invest in measures that potentially mitigate losses from quakes but the effectiveness of these measures is initially uncertain. Over time participants have the opportunity to learn about true effectiveness both by direct ...