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 11, 2011

Creating Places: Random Observations

A few quick hits as I watch the Oklahoma City Thunder pound the Memphis Grizzlies — clearly deflated and disheartened after their three-overtime loss Monday night in the Bluff City:

* On-site work on Southern Land Co.'s 2300 Elliston Place is slated to begin by July. And a new name and rendering are forthcoming.

* The new gymnasium at Christ the King on Belmont Boulevard is looking very attractive. Conversely, the building to be home to Nordstrom (similar to the gym in that its exterior is essentially void of windows) is very bland.

* I'm very impressed with the exterior materials, shapes, colors and signage for Kayne Prime in the Gulch. Very tasteful.

* The lawn and garden lot in 12South now sports a sign for a proposed building. I spotted for the first time today and, given I was driving, did not get the details. The sign image suggested the building, if it materializes, will be mixed-use.


  1. This may be out of your jurisdiction, but the Marriott out by the airport is being painted. Seems like all hotels these days have to be a beige, yellowish color.

  2. A-Mous,

    I did not know this. Glad you mentioned. And, yes, that ubiquitous color scheme you reference is predictable — and renders buildings less than masculine. Pitiful.

    Thanks for the update,