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Mayor's listening tour hears about a proposed entertainment district

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This second stop on the listening tour gathered ideas ranging from promoting Jackson as a major movie production venue after recent films like "The Help" and James Brown's Biopic "Get on Up" to reviving Jubilee Jam. Source: WLBT This second stop on the listening tour gathered ideas ranging from promoting Jackson as a major movie production venue after recent films like "The Help" and James Brown's Biopic "Get on Up" to reviving Jubilee Jam. Source: WLBT
About 100 residents attended with many offering suggestions to Mayor Tony Yarber and the Human and Cultural Arts Department. Source WLBT About 100 residents attended with many offering suggestions to Mayor Tony Yarber and the Human and Cultural Arts Department. Source WLBT
Some ideas included building race tracks for drag racing and even NASCAR as money making attractions. Some ideas included building race tracks for drag racing and even NASCAR as money making attractions.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mayor Tony Yarber's "We Are Jackson Listening Tour" made a stop downtown Monday evening. He heard what residents had to say about a proposed Entertainment District.

The Ice House Alley Warehouses, an entertainment venue itself,was the gathering place for the sharing of ideas on bringing tourists to the city through arts, music and other entertainment.

About 100 residents attended with many offering suggestions to Mayor Tony Yarber and the Human and Cultural Arts Department.

This second stop on the listening tour gathered ideas ranging from promoting Jackson as a major movie production venue after recent films like "The Help" and James Brown's Biopic "Get on Up" to reviving Jubilee Jam.

Many talked about turning around the failed Farish Street project by doing it locally.

"We have the space. We know that we have the blues artists. We have the market in place, said Beverly Wallace of Jackson. "And I don't know what all it's going to take, but I hope everyone has not abandoned that idea."

"So what needs to happen on Farish street is that the people who know how to do entertainment and the people that know what to do need to be allowed to do and government needs to get out of the way and let them do what they do," said Talk Show host and former rapper Brad "Kamikazi" Franklin.

Some ideas included building race tracks for drag racing and even NASCAR as money making attractions.

Others simply said the city should be more welcoming and helpful to those wanting to invest by opening businesses.

Rhonda Blasingame is an artist who wants to buy property downtown for a studio.

"We'd like to continue in Jackson rather than Richland," said Blasingame. "My suggestion would be to have a single resource for people who are looking to open something in the arts or entertainment where we have access to what permits are necessary, what our parking space has to be."

The mayor also heard the call for a staff committed to the projects.

"We need to get great policy and make sure that police encourages the kinds of things that you all have been talking about," said Mayor Yarber. "Then we need to get out of the way."

The next Listening Tour is on dilapidated housing and will be held July 7th at New Jerusalem Church on Raymond Road.

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