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Van Holm’s research focuses on economic and community development. His dissertation studies minor league baseball stadiums as an urban revitalization strategy with particular concern for the uneven impacts of redevelopment efforts.
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Argues that while much focus has been paid to the methodological shortcomings of Richard Florida’s Creative Class Theory, there is an even greater failing in considerations of equity and social justice inherent in cities attempts to attract the creative class.
Challenges Richard Florida’s argument that the Creative Class has unique tastes in their recreation activities by discussing how they are generally similar to workers of other classes.
Argues that minor league baseball stadiums, despite being orders of magnitude smaller in cost than major league facilities, have generated urban redevelopment in the communities surrounding them.
Discusses how the maker movement is a recent development encouraging individuals to learn and utilize machines as recreation activities. Argues that the democratization of access to tools should have an effect on entrepreneurship among the public.
Discusses how since 2004, 24 universities have started college football teams throughout all levels of the NAIA and NCAA. Argues that while there may be reward for athletic success, starting a football team does not pay immediate academic dividends.