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Nashville's Popularity Threatens Preservation -- Sky Arnold

Nashville, Tenn ---- Printers Alley occupies just a small section of downtown Nashville but it's left a big impression on Denise Mattox.

"It's been my home away from home since I moved here 8 years ago," said Mattox.

That's one reason why Mattox helped form the group Save Printers Alley.

The group recently launched a website and started selling t-shirts to raise awareness for a possible hotel development that could take away three bars in Printers Alley.

 "We're not against progress.  That's the biggest thing that people have come to us don't stop progress.  We're not, we just don't wanna lose Nashville's history," said Mattox.

It's a concern that's increasingly happening all over Nashville.

A few weeks ago performer Ben Folds rallied in hopes of saving RCA Studio A from a developer and some say it's just the beginning.

"It's sort of at a tipping point where people are talking about it," said Historic Nashville Inc. board member Robbie Jones.

Historic Nashville Inc. is devoted to saving historic buildings and Jones says the battle is heating up lately because of Nashville's status as the "it" city.

"Developers see it as a prime opportunity to come in and develop property and unfortunately in a lot of cases the property is worth more without the historic building on it that with it there," said Jones.

Historic Nashville Inc. has been successful in saving buildings like the Ryman in the past.

There have been failures too including a historic building that was recently bulldozed in Hillsboro Village.

Mattox worries the same will happen to Printers Alley if people like her don't speak out.

"I'm scared as we progress we're gonna lose the entertainment that made us the it city and we don't wanna lose that," said Mattox.