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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Creating Places: Green Hills Sidewalk

On a positive note for those of us who want to see more sidewalks throughout Nashville, the Metro Public Works Department is installing a sidewalk in Green Hills on the north side of Glen Echo Road between Benham Avenue (visualize the library) on the west and Belmont Boulevard on the east. Currently, right-of-way is being cleared to make room for a retaining wall, with stormwater infrastructure to follow. Actual work on the sidewalk should begin in about six weeks and require another six weeks to complete. The price tag is $1 million. Of note, a segment of this stretch of Glen Echo (and on the road's south side) features an unattractive and somewhat unsafe (given its minimal elevation) asphalt sidewalk that was likely constructed in the 1950s. I assume it will go and, we hope, be replaced by a curb.


  1. Hey can you post a photo of this street the way it currently looks, I'd like to see. Thanks,

  2. joshoc,

    I would recommend you "visit" the street via Google Streetview. Wish I had a photo. Will try to get one with my smart phone and post soon.