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Leisurely Consumption and the Restoration of Industrial Structures in New England

Authors: Jose Torres*, Weber State University
Topics: Tourism Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: tourism, recreation, urban, industrial structure redevelopment, leisurely consumption, New England
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual Track 2
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Tourist spaces and places that attract local and regional visitors in urban areas tend to be either tourist and/or historical and cultural enclaves, open spaces that facilitate active and passive recreation, or gentrified city blocks that thrive in part thanks to leisurely consumption. In New England, industrial structures have been redeveloped as places in which locals and visitors are able to congregate and be entertained and use available services. This poster presents a case study that relies on reviews of published material as well as the author’s fieldwork in order to answer the research question of which urban regeneration and urban tourism practices can be applied to the redevelopment of abandoned industrial structures so that they can successfully become places that facilitate the congregation of visitors who engage in leisurely consumption. The study focuses on two locations, the Remington Rand building in Middletown, Connecticut, and The Brickyard mill in Easthampton, Massachusetts. The results of the study and the analysis of the redevelopment of industrial structures provide a comparative framework that explains how, in a way that is similar to that of gentrified urban neighborhoods, providing local residents and visitors with opportunities to gather in order to engage in leisurely consumption has led to the restoration of industrial structures in such a way that they now play the role of concentrated business districts.

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