Monica, not sure if I can help at all. I am finishing up a film that is about how a city is using the arts to bring life back to their downtown and their mills. A few resources that may, or may not help.
Also, a couple docs.
These are along that vein.
End of Suburbia
Escape from Suburbia
There is one Erica mentioned to me that I lost the link for about an artists community in Texas. Erica?
Chris, where were you when I was starting my project. I could have used a theme like an artists group moving into the city to explore the growth.. oh well too late now...