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”Katowice effect”? Regeneration of the site of the former Katowice coal mine through prestige cultural projects

remarkable consensus about the usefulness of flagships among public and private actors involved in the process of urban regeneration. Flagship projects are perceived as visible symbols of urban renewal, powerful place-marketing tools and catalysts of regeneration ( Bianchini et al., 1992 ). There was a widely accepted view that ‘a city without a flagship did not have a regeneration strategy’ ( O’Toole & Usher 1992 : 221). The supporters of flagship projects, and in particular the so-called ‘prestigious flagship projects’ P. Loftman and B. Nevin (1995 : 300) define a

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