It turns out Music Row is not dead yet.
A new report studying the history and land use of Nashville’s famous music industry corridor found more than 200 music-related businesses in operation there. And 66 music-business properties are worthy of a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Only three properties in the Music Row area are currently on the registry.
The report also found that Music Row, formerly Record Row, has played a central role in Nashville’s economic development and cultural history. That may seem redundant, but until the new report by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, no comprehensive accounting of Music Row’s history, architecture, land use and zoning had ever taken place.
Music Row, which unofficially turned 60 years old this year, is a one-of-a-kind concentration of music-industry businesses unlike anything in the country, according to lead researcher Carolyn Brackett.
The report’s findings, which will be unveiled in detail at a community meeting Wednesday at RCA Studio A, are vital evidence for the Metro Planning Department as the focus shifts to what city government will do, if anything, to preserve Music Row. Earlier this year, the department instituted a “pause” on new development.
The corridor along 16th and 17th Avenues South ...