In the early fifties, a rich eccentric local named DaMarco Hackney spearheaded a one-man campaign to revive the old business district of Tucker Springs. He refurbished the theater as well as several smaller venues and began bringing in theater troupes, artists, writers and musicians.
The revival was mostly a success, and the district became known for its theaters, galleries, intimate nightspots, and music. At night (and especially during the holiday season) the entire area was lit up with lights, resulting in it being dubbed ‘The Light District.’
But as with Tucker Springs’ "spring", there’s a flip side to the Light District. Hackney’s emphasis on the arts brought in many aspiring authors, poets, artists and musicians. Only a few were successful, and the more cynical locals began calling the neighborhood Hacktown.