Current Mayor Tony Yarber told The Clarion-Ledger Tuesday that he is not focusing on the historic district, becoming the first mayor since the city initially became involved in 1997 to offer such frank comments about the project.
"For me, Farish Street is not a lynchpin. Farish Street is an albatross," Yarber said. "Farish Street cannot be the defining two blocks of the success of downtown Jackson. It will not be. We're going to treat Farish Street like it's an old car in the front yard that needs some TLC. We're going to move it to the backyard, put it in the shed, and put some really good mechanics back there to work on it."
Plans to revitalize the Farish Street district, a historic black entertainment district downtown, have faced a plethora of obstacles since its initiation in 1997. The project has remained dormant since September 2014, when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sanctioned the city, JRA and developers for misspending federal funds in relation to the project..... Rest of article
Kingfish note: Nice to see someone finally speaking some damn sense. Farish Street has been nothing but a well-lit black hole for over twenty years. Pay off HUD and move on to something else. If someone wants to develop Farish Street, give it to him.