Hi All - I need leads on research that I'm doing about the growing artisan economy movement; specifically how/where it is playing out in US cities, but particularly in the Midwest. Basically what I need is info on where these emerging artisan neighborhoods are located as well as any insights as to what's driving their emergence.
What I do NOT need are tips on neighborhoods that are "already done" or gentrified, or ones that have been artificially branded as "arts districts". Again, what I'm really looking for are the up and coming, organic "new Bohemias"; especially those that have a strong local flavor tied to local/regional craft traditions. Not so much interested in arts per se as in places that have an artisnal ethic represented by handfuls of locally grown craft businesses (with growing reputations), a "buy local" culture, and a post-industrial past. Also, other local idiosyncrasies tied to immigrant populations, local ethnic history, music, food etc.
Any leads (people, websites, publications) for follow up investigation would be really appreciated too. Donovan G