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, January 27, 2011

Creating Places: You know you're obsessed...

...with Nashville's built fabric when you fret over the outdated state (tired signage, lights failing to operate, cheap materials) of many of the buildings at the Jim Reed auto dealership on Broadway.


  1. There shouldnt be auto dealerships on broadway at all. Makes me think of Knoxville. You dont see them on Peachtree in ATL.

  2. Yes, the Jim Reed dealership is in dire straits these days since it lost it's GM franchise and no longer sells Chevrolets. Maybe Jim Reed should sell the land and move out to the suburbs to sell Subarus and Hyundais. That side of Broadway looks pretty dismal, especially with Lake Palmer nearby on site the of the failed West End Summit.