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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A historic part of the Nashville landscape is undergoing some big changes. Printer's Alley is getting a facelift in an effort to keep the iconic nightspot relevant.

Long before Nashville called itself Music City, burlesque shows and live jazz clubs were the main attractions in Printer's Alley, which is nestled between Union and Church Streets downtown.

Now, a Nashville group dedicated to the city's history is taking steps to attract crowds again.

"We believe the only way to save the buildings is to make them economically viable. We're cheerleaders for the area," said Elizabeth Mayhall, with the non-profit group The DISTRICT.

The old, grimy signs are going away and will be replaced with exact replicas from Nashville artist Ron Sweeney.

W.C. Fields, mobsters and strippers were part of the past, and karaoke bars, a blues club, restaurants and residents living here in condos are the present.

"Printer's Alley used to be known as seedy and unsafe. It's not that way anymore. We've got new people living on the street. We've got new venues on the street. It's a happening place on the weekends," Mayhall said.

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