query: research on beauty and economy

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From: "Laurel Opgaard" <laurel_dti at sbcglobal.net>

Has anyone got, or ever seen a study showing the correlation between
aesthetically pleasing communities and positive economic growth?  I am in
the process of beginning a public art program for our downtown and need to
find information to pass along to an 'artistically challenged' group of
community leaders.  I think hard numbers would very likely be the most
persuasive argument to woo them over to my way of thinking, and hopefully
funding for my project.

Laurel Opgaard
Project Coordinator
Downtown Topeka, Inc.
515 S. Kansas, Suite A
Topeka, KS  66603
785.234.9336 voice
785.234.4448 fax

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