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Port Arthur Wants Filmmakers to Blow Up Its Old Buildings

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From Texas Standard:

Tough economic times can stimulate creative ways for cities to save or raise money. Sure, you could trim the workforce, or raise taxes to help fund urban renewal projects, but one Texas town is thinking a bit bigger: They want to take it to the silver screen.

The city of Port Arthur is taking steps to designate their town as ‘film friendly.’ That makes sense when you imagine how much money could be injected into the local economy by having large movie production crews coming to town, but one city councilman hopes a film crew could help clean up their downtown by blowing up some rundown buildings.

Port Arthur Mayor Derrick Freeman joins the Texas Standard to talk about where he got the idea.

 

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Rhonda is the newest member of the KUT News team, joining in late 2013 as producer for KUT's new daily news program, The Texas Standard. Rhonda will forever be known as the answer to the trivia question, “Who was the first full-time hire for The Texas Standard?” She’s an Iowa native who got her start in public radio at WFSU in Tallahassee, while getting her Master's Degree in Library Science at Florida State University. Prior to joining KUT and The Texas Standard, Rhonda was a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio.