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.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Creating Places: Night-Time Signage

The building home to the downtown Holiday Inn Express now sports blue night lighting on both its east and west sides. Linear and attractive, the blue lights point toward new (and much improved) signage near the building's roof line. Now, if Holiday Inn would only change the building's general color scheme (a nasty "light pinkish beige" for the brick and blue for the cheap-looking metal elements). That scheme suggests a non-masculine and generic throw-away motel building located off some random interstate and in the middle of nowhere — not ideal for a structure that is within close proximity of architectural masterpieces such as Christ Church Cathedral, the Frist Center and Union Station.

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