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Downtown Revitalisation and Delta Blues in Clarksdale, Mississippi

Lessons for Small Cities and Towns

Authors: Henshall, John

  • Provides a practical insight into the revitalisation of an actual downtown in the Mississippi Delta in America’s Deep South
  • Identifies how a small city or town can re-activate its downtown, bringing an economic revival that can be measured in terms of new investment, new business, new jobs, and new services and amenities for local residents and visitors
  • Will appeal to academics, students and practitioners involved in the field of urban renewal and redevelopment
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-2107-8
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Hardcover $79.99
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About this book

This book is about Clarksdale, a small town in Mississippi, USA, and how the local community has revitalised the long-dilapidated downtown, with the renewal based on the town’s intimate association with Blues music and the culture that flows through the Mississippi Delta. John Henshall highlights underlying trends in downtown decline and revitalisation in cities and towns in America, together with commentary of his own experience at home in Australia.
In Clarksdale, downtown economic revitalisation gained momentum in the mid-2000s as local residents and newcomers focused their entrepreneurial and creative efforts on promoting Clarksdale’s heritage, which is steeped in Blues music and Delta culture. While much attention to date has been given to large cities – from Sydney to San Francisco and from London to New York – as ‘creative cities’, little has been written about creativity in small cities and towns. This book delves into the positive role played by creative individuals in the economic revitalisation of downtown Clarksdale. 
The role of urban planning and community interaction is examined, and key lessons are provided for other small cities and towns, as they seek out opportunities to revitalise their downtowns and town centres.

About the authors

John C. Henshall is an urban economist and city planner who has worked with organisations in industry, government and consulting, both in Australia and abroad. Project experience includes urban and regional economic development and land use planning; retail, commercial and industrial location and development; town centre development; and tourism strategies and projects. He has a keen interest in small town development and the factors that drive their economic revitalisation.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Henshall, John C.

    Pages 1-6

  • Downtown Decline and Revitalisation: National Trends and Clarksdale’s Experience

    Henshall, John C.

    Pages 7-27

  • Delta Blues and Culture

    Henshall, John C.

    Pages 29-49

  • Clarksdale, the Delta, and the Economy

    Henshall, John C.

    Pages 51-71

  • Businesses in Downtown Clarksdale

    Henshall, John C.

    Pages 73-91

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-2107-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-2106-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Downtown Revitalisation and Delta Blues in Clarksdale, Mississippi
Book Subtitle
Lessons for Small Cities and Towns
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-2107-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-2107-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-2106-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 207
Number of Illustrations
52 b/w illustrations
Topics