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, June 22, 2011

Creating Places: Bad West End Design Part 5

From the 1980s-era brick structure next to FYE that houses, among others, Schlotzsky's Deli, we move next to what may as well be a high-quality cardboard box masquerading as a building that is home to Electronic Express. Typically, I can find at least one positive element — both out of respect for the architect and simply because it's evident — of a building. Not so with this pitiful piece of junk. In fact, you could relocate this building to the most hideous run-down suburban commercial area in America and it would be the ugliest among the ugly. That such garbage is located within close proximity to the grand Parthenon and the lush Centennial Park borders on blasphemy.

1 comment:

  1. The Electronics Express building is horrible and needs to be demolished asap. To have that crap near Centennial Park is outrageous.