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.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Creating Places: Memphis

Journeyed to Memphis earlier this week and will be posting some observations soon. Two items of note: 1. there is an effort to rehab the vintage commercial buildings along a three-block stretch of Broad Avenue (between Hollywood on the west and Collins on the East). I noticed a number of businesses already operating from the spaces. Work is needed but the future might be bright; 2. I marveled for the last time at the architecturally impressive Union Avenue United Methodist Church anchoring the southwest corner of the Cooper and Union intersection. This stately gem will soon be felled to make room for a building — one we know that will be anything but a stately gem — to house a CVS. Splendid.