Leveraging the 'Creative Class' for Local Economic Development: Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee.
Brookby, Sarah (Katy)
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Due to an expanding concern for economic development and social sustainability, many cities are directing their efforts towards place-making to improve neighborhoods, cities and regions. This paper seeks to become a tool designed to enhance "place" in Music Row in Nashville, TN. A literature review focused on the "creative class" and its influence on place-making will aid in the formation of strategies to be implemented within the physical fabric of the area. Furthermore, many local leaders are focusing on the role of urban design. The suggestion that urban design policies can make a positive contribution to the rejuvenation of a local broader economy is supported throughout this paper. This thesis argues that places, specifically "creative" places, are an important component of economic growth and Music Row can exemplify how improved urban design can be positively linked to local economic regeneration. Above all, the recommendations made in the paper seek to become strategies that may influence impact and enhance the creation of "place" in Music Row for the next decade.