Beale Street workers discuss impact of recent violence in the area

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. --  The sweet and soulful sounds draw people from around the world to Beale Street.

Those who make a living on tourists are starting to wonder if Beale is developing a new reputation.

A group of musicians said violence seems to be creeping up on Beale, and it has to be in the back of tourist’s minds as they pay a visit to Memphis' number one attraction.

“Most people who come from out-of-town, they are aware of what they come in to as far as the reputation,” said a guitarist.

Business owners along Beale told us they were concerned after this weekend's violence.

In one incident, a soldier was murdered defending his girlfriend from a heckler.

In another case, Memphis Police officer was assaulted while trying to stop a crime.

Some business owners worried people would be less likely to come down for the long Memorial Day weekend.

A carriage driver, however, said he didn't see a change, except for the rainy weather.

Tourists will tell you they’ve heard of the city's crime problems; one Arkansas man even came armed.

Overall they judged the city based on their experiences, most of which were everything we want Memphis to be known for.


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