Lawrenceville’s Artistic Enclave

  • Geoffrey MossEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)


In this chapter, I draw on field and survey data, and secondary sources to demonstrate that the artistic enclave that emerged in Lawrenceville exemplifies and illustrates an artistic creative class enclave. I start by providing a brief overview and discussion of the neighborhood’s geographical characteristics, local historical context, and emergence as a community constituted by arts based gentrification. I then demonstrate that its artistic enclave has been centered on the activities of artists and, especially, artist/entrepreneurs who have morphed bohemian and bourgeois practices and values, and have welcomed, marketed to, and collaborated with members of a larger creative class. Such collaboration has enabled this enclave to achieve long-term sustainability by securing live/work and commercial space, integrating art and commerce, maintaining alternative venues, acquiring community owned artist housing, and securing a stable artistic scene. I proceed to discuss the views of local artists and other community residents pertaining to the question of whether or not Lawrenceville’s artistic enclave is bohemian, offer my own comments on this matter, and summarize my reasons for designating this enclave as an artistic creative class enclave.


Geography Neighborhood change Gentrification Creative class Bohemian Artistic enclaves Art galleries Boutiques Artsy Urban sustainability 


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  1. 1.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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