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Artistic Enclaves in the Post-Industrial City

A Case Study of Lawrenceville Pittsburgh


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Geoffrey Moss
    Pages 1-12
  3. Geoffrey Moss
    Pages 13-22
  4. Geoffrey Moss
    Pages 23-30
  5. Geoffrey Moss
    Pages 57-80
  6. Geoffrey Moss
    Pages 93-101
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 103-110

About this book


This SpringerBriefs presents a case study and theoretical analysis of an artistic enclave that emerged within Lawrenceville Pittsburgh. It briefly describes the history of greater Pittsburgh, and Lawrenceville’s transition from thriving blue-collar community to depopulated low-income neighborhood to gentrifying site of artistic and creative culture. It draws on multiple methods (e.g., interviews, observations, and survey data) to discuss the advantages and disadvantages associated with being a Pittsburgh artist, and offer a detailed description of the origins and ongoing development of Lawrenceville’s artistic enclave. It discusses this enclave in the context of sociological, historical, and interdisciplinary work on urban artistic communities (i.e., bohemian and quasi-bohemian communities), and situates it within the larger urban artistic tradition, and within its contemporary urban context. It maintains that this enclave constitutes a successful (i.e., sustainable) example of an artistic creative class enclave, a heuristic concept that clarifies and amends Richard Florida’s brief commentary on contemporary urban artistic life. It concludes by offering policy suggestions for those who wish to promote such enclaves, and a preliminary critical appraisal of their potential impact on society. 


Contemporay Urban Life Definitional Exposition of Creative Class Bohemia Future Research on Urban Artistic Communities Lawrenceville Pittsburgh Sociological Work on Bohemia Studying Bohemian Communities Florida’s Creative Class America’s Classic Bohemia Integration of Bourgeois and Bohemian Culture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

About the authors

Geoffrey Moss is currently a full-time Associate Professor of Instruction in Sociology at Temple University. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology and Education from Columbia University, an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University-Teachers College, an M.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a B.A. in Economics from Queens College of the City University of New York. He is a member of the American Sociological Association, Urban Affairs Association, and Phi Beta Kappa. He has published articles in the Journal of Criminal Justice, Economic and Industrial Democracy, and School Organization. His interest in artistic communities was sparked by his parents, David and June Moss, who were part of New York’s 1950’s bohemian theatre scene, and nourished by frequent visits to artistic communities in New York and other cities. This is his first work on artistic communities. He is currently studying an artistic community that emerged within Philadelphia’s Fishtown/Kensington area. He lives in Plymouth Meeting PA with his wife, Kay Williams, an RN at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Ms. Williams helped him to collect data for his study of Lawrenceville Pittsburgh. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Artistic Enclaves in the Post-Industrial City
  • Book Subtitle A Case Study of Lawrenceville Pittsburgh
  • Authors Geoffrey Moss
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Sociology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Sociology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-55262-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-55264-4
  • Series ISSN 2212-6368
  • Series E-ISSN 2212-6376
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 110
  • Number of Illustrations 16 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural Studies
    Human Geography
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