Recently, students at the University of Memphis had what I think is a really excellent idea: Why not create an arts-based neighborhood revitalization project in the Soulsville area?
Taking inspiration from similar programs in Chattanooga and Paducah, Kentucky, the program would give musicians mortgage assistance for moving into the neighborhood around the Stax Museum.
After surveying about 300 musicians, the student also thought about what other amenities the neighborhood would need to be a successful musicians' enclave: rehearsal and studio space, a health-care center, and lodging for visiting musicians.
I wrote my column about it this week ... you can find that here.
And here is also a little video.