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 23, 2010

Creating Places: Vista Germantown

With my modest "self-employment work schedule" not a hindrance, I attended this past week's groundbreaking ceremony for Vista Germantown. Thankfully, Mayor Karl Dean and other officials kept their comments (cliched as you might expect) brief. Looking at the renderings and talking to Southeast Venture architect Gaius Overton and Bristol Development's Ashlyn Hines I am encouraged at their willingness to solicit feedback. I told both that though I like the overall appearance and functionality of the building as currently proposed, I have a few concerns (particularly regarding color scheme). Not that one man's opinion will spur changes — or that others would share my views regarding the colors — but both Bristol and Southeast Venture are open to modifications. This is encouraging. More on Vista Germantown very soon.

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