Steve Marotta is a doctoral student at the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA. His current research broadly focuses on the intersection between culture and economic development, focusing especially on what is unique about art as a mode of urban revitalisation. He is currently involved in a multiyear and multi-institutional research project focusing on the formal and informal networks that ‘makers’ use across three cities in the United States.
Where Is Portland Made? The Complex Relationship between Social Media and Place in the Artisan Economy of Portland, Oregon (USA)ArticlesExpositionPortland, Oregon (USA) has become known for an artisanal or ‘maker’ economy that relies on a resurgence of place specificity (Heying), primarily expressed and exported to a global audience in the notion of ‘Portland Made’ (Roy). Portland Made reveals a tension immanent in the notion of ‘place’: place is both here and not here, both real...Read more