Memphis mayor wants to extend Beale Street

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- America's Most Iconic Street could be getting a bit longer.

Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton told WMC-TV in Memphis that the current boundaries of the entertainment section of Beale Street are too constrictive.

Wharton wants to add three blocks to the district and take the street to the Mississippi River.

The City of Memphis will have control of Beale Street within two months and that's when the city will get to work.

Wharton says the district already has plenty to offer, but there's loads of untapped potential. Business owners along Beale Street say they agree with the mayor.

Ty Agee with the Beale Street Merchants Association says whatever works to draw more business to the area is good for all merchants.


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