BRANSON MO NEWS: Share This StoryBack in 1991, CBS news show “60 Minutes” proclaimed Branson the “Live Music Capital of the Universe.””It’s a phenomenon. A business phenomenon. An artistic one, social, cultural — you name it,” the late Morley Safer told the audience. “And it happens in what may be person-for-person the richest town in the country.””A wonderful nowhere,” Safer continued, as footage of Branson almost 30 years ago rolled. “A cafe, a five-and-dime, 3,000 and something souls in a town in the Ozarks that’s a mere blip on the two-lane strip of blacktop on Route 76.”Read: Some hope closing of extended-stay motel in Branson will give them fresh startIn the 20-minute segment, country music legends like Boxcar Willie and Mel Tillis brag about coming to Branson, building their own theaters and making millions of dollars doing a couple of live shows every day. “People come here and spend as much as a billion and a half dollars,” a grinning Roy Clark said. “In this little strip of Branson, Missouri. It’s incredible.”That national exposure only added to a massive tourism boom, said Branson City Administrator Stan Dobbins.“(The city) got inundated with requests for building permits to build hotels. There were millions of people coming to Branson. And unfortunately, everyone got caught up in the moment and thought it would last forever.”Stan Dobbins, Branson city administratorAnd while much of that prosperity continues today, some of the city’s most visible challenges with crime and poverty can be traced back to that boom-time expansion.”It went crazy,” Dobbins said. “(The city) got inundated with requests for building permits to build hotels. There were millions of people coming to Branson. And unfortunately, everyone got caught up in the moment and thought it would last forever.”But it didn’t. They overbuilt, in my opinion.”As tourism waned …
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