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Friday, March 03, 2006

Thoughts on the "Museumification" of Small Towns

There's a growing discussion of heritage tourism as a way to boost local economies and increase revenue for heritage organizations. The blog "Single Planet" has a long, though thoughtful post about the effects of what the writer calls "museumification" on small Chinese communities, which could act as stand-ins for any small town "discovered" and then overwhelmed by visitors. This is recommended reading.

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