Nashville’s Lower Broadway: Preservation and Playscapes in Urban Environment. (2005)
Directed by Patrick Lee Lucas. 142 pp.
This investigation assesses the evolution of Nashville, Tennessee’s Lower Broadway in the last quarter of the 20th century. As an American streetscape, the area evolved from a heavily blighted street with the loss of the Grand Ole Opry in the mid 1970s to a family-friendly tourist attraction by the mid 1990s. In order to investigate the many changes that occurred over a 20-year period, the research consists of preservation theory, urban economics, and how tourism and entertainment have shaped and continue to shape Lower Broadway. The research reveals the various ways in which preservationists, city staff and private investors achieved substantial revitalization and demonstrates the ways in which historic preservation and entertainment commingle to bring about lasting renewal for the urban environment.
View complete thesis at http://libres.uncg.edu/edocs/etd/1025/umi-uncg-1025.pdf