The consequences of the creative class: the pursuit of creativity strategies in Australia's cities

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The consequences of the creative class : the pursuit of creativity strategies in Australia's cities. / Atkinson, Rowland; Easthope, Hazel.

In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2009, p. 64-79.

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Atkinson, R & Easthope, H 2009, 'The consequences of the creative class: the pursuit of creativity strategies in Australia's cities', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 64-79. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2009.00837.x

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Atkinson, R., & Easthope, H. (2009). The consequences of the creative class: the pursuit of creativity strategies in Australia's cities. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 33(1), 64-79. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2009.00837.x

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Atkinson R, Easthope H. The consequences of the creative class: the pursuit of creativity strategies in Australia's cities. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 2009;33(1):64-79. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2009.00837.x

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Atkinson, Rowland ; Easthope, Hazel. / The consequences of the creative class : the pursuit of creativity strategies in Australia's cities. In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 2009 ; Vol. 33, No. 1. pp. 64-79.

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