This study completes an analysis of the neighborhood-level impacts of creative placemaking through a case study format. It develops a theory involving neighborhood stage and the influence of stakeholders in creative placemaking to create a conceptual framework for analysis of further initiatives. The study uses Census Tract data as well as compiled neighborhood data and organizational plans and documents to understand how the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island, located at the nexus of the Elmwood, Upper South Providence, and West End neighborhoods in Providence, Rhode Island impacts its surrounding neighborhoods. By looking into change over time for these three neighborhoods, this research breaks down the impact of the cultural center through its physical, social, and economic influence on the area. This research moves to answer the question: is creative placemaking an effective force of neighborhood revitalization? The results represent a snapshot of the Southside Cultural Center as it stands in 2019, so they do not complete a full picture of what revitalization any look like for demographic change in the area but do show change in neighborhood dynamics.


Burnell, Jim


Urban Studies


creative placemaking, urban studies, case study, providence

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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