In Omaha, Nebraska, support for the local music scene has blossomed into a redevelopment project led by Slowdown, the name of a venue as well as a larger mixed-use facility that also houses a variety of music-related businesses. According to researcher Michael Seman, Slowdown was supported by the city as part of their redevelopment plans for a "blighted" downtown area. While music scenes tend to be studied for other reasons related to urban life, his study of the Omaha example is a rare look at how supporting local music scenes can also support redevelopment. Danielle Paquette sketches (via StageBloc) some...

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