This is a story about Clarksdale, Mississippi and the economic revitalisation process that led to the rebirth of the city’s Downtown after many years of decline and dereliction. The special significance of Blues music to Downtown revitalisation is highlighted through cultural tourism, with Clarksdale as the location of the Crossroads at Highways 49 and 61 and associated with the birth of the Blues.
Clarksdale is like so many other small cities and towns in America: at first sight it appears to be poor, desolate, and seemingly without a goal for future development and the well-being of its community. A leisurely drive through small-town America—with derelict downtowns—highlights the issues that truly need attention. These aspects are recorded in this story of Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta.