The literature on city imaging and creative industries emphasize the success stories, the urban environments that have rebranded, refocused and reconstituted themselves for the information age and the knowledge economy. Less evident in the literature are those locations and strategies that have failed, stalled or been more ambivalent in their results. To open out this issue, this paper investigates a fringe urban suburb of the most isolated capital city in the world. Focusing on Mount Lawley, positioned on the city fringe of Perth in Western Australia, we investigate the role and function of popular music and popular culture in intervening in the history of cities. Mount Lawley is part of Perth, a city trapped by time and space, but its example and model may intervene just in time.
|Journal||City and Time|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2010|