LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Nellie Lutcher, a rhythm and blues legend and Lake Charles native who died in 2007, is the inspiration behind a proposed cultural district in north Lake Charles.

Representatives from the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance said the district, which will honor the area's musical heritage, will rehabilitate a historic section of the city, bring job opportunities and attract tourism.

The American Press reports the city council approved on Wednesday an ordinance allowing the city to make an application to the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism to establish the district.

The cultural district will highlight much of the music the region has been known for, including zydeco, Cajun music and swamp pop. The district will stretch through what officials have identified as under-utilized sections of the city.


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