Visual and aesthetic markers of gentrification: agency of mapping and tourist destinations

Speake, Janet and Kennedy, Victoria and Love, Richard (2021) Visual and aesthetic markers of gentrification: agency of mapping and tourist destinations. Tourism Geographies. ISSN 1461-6688

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Abstract

Framed within the context of contemporary place making and the urban tourism destination, a novel trans-disciplinary approach to mapping and interpreting gentrification and cityscape change is presented. A combination of multi-scalar cartographic and visual techniques including Google Street View (GSV) and geo-tagged images (Photo Sphere), is applied within the setting of Valletta, Malta, to convey cartographically the dynamism of urban transformations and detect tourism-led gentrification in a rapid way through the identification of the visual and aesthetic markers of gentrification. Utilising a critical approach, such map-making can inform and transform the understanding of the processes underpinning urban change and their cartographic and visual representation. It identifies and highlights issues of image and street-level ‘realities’ for both (re)imagining and marketing place. Individual tourists are able to access and utilise GSV and other mobile digital imaging and cartographic tools, as well as social media, to create their own, potentially counter, place-imaginaries and interpretations of urban change, thereby encouraging and/or discouraging visiting the city.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Tourism Geographies on 12 September 2021, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616688.2021.1973081
Keywords: Place making; urban tourism; cityscape change; aesthetics; mapping; gentrification; urban morphology; Google Street View (GSV); Valletta; Malta
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Geography and Environmental Science
Depositing User: Janet Speake
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2021 15:17
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2021 15:17
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3380

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