Creating Places: A Citizen Observer's Look at Nashville's Built Environment

Writer's Note: William Williams' interest in the manmade environment dates to 1970, at which point the then-young Williams started a collection of postcards of city skylines. The collection now numbers 1,000-plus cards. Among the writer's specific interests are exterior building design, city district planning, demographics, signage, mixed-use development, mass transit and green/sustainable construction and living. Williams began his Creating Places column with The City Paper in February 2005. The column in its original form was discontinued in September 2008 and reinvented via this blog in November 2008. Creating Places can be found on the home page of the website of The City Paper, at which Williams has worked in various capacities since October 2000.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Creating Places: A Question

Sometimes I wonder what percentage of Nashvillians would list the manmade environment (that is, issues related to planning, design, construction, development, etc.) among their 10 main interests. Could it be 10 percent? I doubt it. I would think 5 percent at best.


  1. Indeed it's probably a small niche. I'm sure most people take the things you listed for granted, they see it as the way things are without really taking into account how different our built environment could be if different decisions were made in the past. That's not to say the built environment is not important and you should stop writing about it.

  2. Phillip,

    I think you're right. It is encouraging to see more folks showing interest. But there is a long way to go.