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, August 24, 2011

Creating Places: Random Tidbits

Very briefly as it's late and the chocolate soy milk has sedated me...

1. I had a nice phone chat recently with Dirk Melton of MarketStreet. Dirk filled me in on a few basic exterior design details regarding the soon-to-begin Pine Street Lofts in The Gulch. More on that in an upcoming post.

2. The Music City Center is seemingly only a few weeks (if that) from being fully framed.

3. I am curious to see how the new building in Five Points (to be anchored by a vet) will look upon completion. Only one level but somehow manages to present a decent height. Materials are a question. DA|AD is the designer and does (as I've noted in past posts) quality work. Should be, at the minimum, a solid addition. Relatedly, I like the little modular buildings comprising The Five Points Collaborative. Very tasteful.


  1. i got one for you, William.

    Did the same painter recently walk along 21st and offer a deal to repaint business exteriors? I noticed that Ben and Jerry's, Ken's Sushi, and the new "Dooley's" all have new HIDEOUS paint jobs. I understand Ben and Jerry's. At least it's tying into its Vermont heritage with the green hills and it is most likely a corporate image...but, it is still ugly. But, this new Dooley's place is just crazy awful!!! Brown with green and orange accents...yeeesh!! And Ken's is just way too bright red.

    On a positive note, I do like the new building going up in 5 points. I just wish that BP station would leave. Perhaps a mixed use building with a strong, tall vertical element and a bar/restaurant with a massive patio fronting the corner. Maybe someday...

  2. Anybody have any idea what is going into the former Hollywood Video in Inglewood? Lots of work going on but no sign as to what it will be. Can't get an answer from my Metro Councilman....shocker.

  3. I agree with the above statement about the BP station. I wish we could get rid of that AND the Family Dollar. Those are 2 prime spots in 5 Points.

  4. A-Mous,

    Agree. Dooley's building is horrific.