By Christopher Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Nashville officials worry that the city, which people worldwide refer to as “The Music Capital of the World,” has a sudden shortage of creative talent, whether in music, art or literature — so the government must intervene.
One taxpayer-financed agency is offering affordable housing to people who fall below a certain income, provided they are artists and their art meets a certain progressive standard.
Officials with Nashville’s Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency did not explain why the city apparently lacks enough artistic talent. They only said that affordable housing is needed to accommodate people who will contribute to a more diverse arts scene.
To offer this type of affordable housing, MDHA is overseeing a new project called the Ryman Lofts, an apartment complex scheduled to open in 2013.