This project results from a walk along “Elvis Presley Boulevard”, the street that connects downtown Memphis with Graceland, the mansion where Elvis Presley lived and the attraction that brings more than 600 thousand visitors leaving a revenue of more than 150 million dollars a year.
Along the street, there are a wide variety of run-down shops, vacant lots, motels, pawnshops, mechanical workshops and recording studios. The poor quality of the streets and sidewalks make even more visible the huge socio-economic gap that exists between the mansion and its immediate surroundings.
Many revitalization plans have been proposed to transform this street, thinking that improving its appearance will have a positive impact not only on visitors, but also on its residents. So far none has materialized.
“Elvis Presley Boulevard” is the result of a walk along the almost 8 kilometers that join S Parkway E with the Graceland mansion, making a record of the perceptible socio-economic conditions when traveling this famous avenue.