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.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Creating Places: Pine Street Lofts Part 4

Earlier this week, I saw MarketStreet's Dirk Melton — as I feasted on a vegetarian meal at The Turnip Truck. The ever gracious Melton noted on-site work on Pine Street Lofts is still slated to begin by year's end. He also said MarketStreet is considering a name other than Pine Street Lofts. A couple requests, Dirk: 1. Please don't use "Lofts" in the name. That designation has been both overused and inaccurately used in the local urban housing market. 2. "Pine" (given the 11th Avenue South and Pine Street location) could work in some manner but would be a bit predictable. That said, Pine11, for example, might be OK.

So, a few recommendations (some, admittedly, pretentiously presented):

Rail Yard Apartments

Flat Yard Flats

Industry (A play on the nearby one-name residential buildings Velocity, Icon and Terrazzo while giving a nod to the heavy industry theme of rail sector)

The Ballast

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