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According to the United Nations, about 55 percent of the world’s population lives in an urban area and that figure is set to rise to nearly 70 percent over the coming decades. Many of these cities struggle with a phenomenon known as the “SoHo effect” that occurs when industrial reinvention begins with an influx of artists looking for cheap living and studio space who are then displaced as neighborhoods are gentrified.
Tim Jones, CEO of Artscape, is a city builder, social entrepreneur and change agent who works at the intersection of arts and culture, urban development, community activism, philanthropy and public policy. Under his direction since 1998, Artscape has grown from a Toronto-based artist studio provider to a globally recognized leader in creative placemaking. In 2014, Tim was recognized by the Geneva-based Schwab Foundation as Social Entrepreneur of the Year.