Rediscovering the Wealth of Places by Greg Baeker

Rediscovering the Wealth of Places

“Australia led the way in integrated and strategic cultural planning from the 1990s: a baton that is now admirably being taken up by Canada.”
Colin Mercer, internationally renowned cultural planning consultant.

Leading municipalities and economic development agencies across Canada understand the powerful role played by creativity and culture in rebuilding local economies and strengthening quality of place. As a result, more and more communities are turning to cultural mapping and municipal cultural planning as essential planning and economic development tools for local government in the 21st century. Rediscovering the Wealth of Places by Dr. Greg Baeker is a practical introduction for communities seeking to understand core municipal cultural planning concepts and tools. The book provides concrete examples of leading practice from Canada and other countries that can assist communities looking to further develop and capitalize on their cultural assets. The book also features chapters by leading thinkers and practitioners in the field across a range of topics relevant to culture-led economic and broader community development agendas.

Dr. Baeker is a Senior Consultant and Founder of AuthentiCity and a leader in the field of cultural planning in Canada. Over the past year, MDB Insight has partnered with AuthentiCity and the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto on studies of the creative economy in Eastern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario and Durham Region. All have confirmed the growing importance of culture and recommended municipalities undertake municipal cultural planning and cultural mapping – a systemic approach to identifying, recording and better understanding a community’s cultural assets. AuthentiCity recently completed a highly acclaimed cultural planning process in Hamilton, Ontario that was presented to City Council as part of an integrated planning agenda that included a new Economic Development Strategy, a Human Services Plan and an Immigration Strategy for the city. Links to the Hamilton report and information on other municipal cultural plans and economic strategies can be found in AuthentiCity’s newsletter. Copies of Rediscovering the Wealth of Places are available here.