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Proposed Change Downtown Could Limit Chains -- Sky Arnold

Nashville, Tenn  ----  The Tucker family drove all the way from Columbus for the sights of Lower Broadway.

"We're impressed with the spirit and everything that's going on and how nice people are," said Jason Tucker.
Some say that spirit is facing a threat.

"You got Walgreens and other corporations that wanna come in and they don't care about the uniqueness," said businessman Phil Martin.

Martin and his business partner Barrett Hobbs own several downtown bars and they're among the biggest supporters of a proposed zoning change to make it more difficult for non music oriented chain stores to move into lower Broadway, 2nd Avenue and Printers Alley.
Chains that want to move in would have to alter their business and potentially sell merchandise that promotes Music City.

"Just to force a big box in that street after one comes the next comes and the next one and pretty soon the cameras will shoot what could be any street USA, it's not Nashville," said Hobbs.

Tuesday Metro Council moved the proposed change forward and the council is expected to approve of reject it later this summer.

The proposal is gaining attention with the news Walgreens wants to open on Broadway but not everyone thinks it's a good idea.

"Lower Broadway is rocking it doesn't need an ordinance to help itself out," said Lance Bloom.

Bloom handles commercial real estate downtown and he says this zoning change would only prohibit family oriented businesses from moving in.

"Any future business that caters to that market is banned from doing it because they don't have the music venue.  They don't have the culture aspect," said Bloom.

Still the Tuckers like things just as they are as they say they didn't come here for chains.

"I think to add a McDonalds maybe cheapens it a little bit," said Tucker.