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Event and Community Development: Planning Legacy for the 2008 European Capital of Culture, Liverpool

Graduate Institute of European Cultures and Tourism, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 106, Taiwan
Urban Sci. 2017, 1(4), 39; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci1040039
Received: 19 November 2017 / Revised: 30 November 2017 / Accepted: 6 December 2017 / Published: 7 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Legacy of the European Capitals of Culture)
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Abstract

Event legacy has become a major topic of discussion in recent years. Especially, European Capital of Culture is emerging as a means of facilitating community development in Europe. Based on a case study of the 2008 European Capital of Culture Liverpool, this article aims to conceptualise the relationship between an event and its sustained effects on community development. Methodologically, adopting case study as approach, both primary and secondary were collected and analysed, including four times neighborhood surveys, official evaluation reports and academic publications. The study period is from 2007 to 2015 to monitor changes in an event’s impacts. The results reveal four dimensions of effects, including: cultural access and engagement, volunteering, governance and infrastructure, and sense of place. Overall, the study stresses the importance of integrating the event into a long-term development strategy of the city, through synergies between culture and urban regeneration and community renewal. View Full-Text
Keywords: event; legacy; community development; European Capital of Culture; Liverpool event; legacy; community development; European Capital of Culture; Liverpool
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Liu, Y.-D. Event and Community Development: Planning Legacy for the 2008 European Capital of Culture, Liverpool. Urban Sci. 2017, 1, 39.

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