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.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Creating Places: A fine shot of Cumberland Park

A long-time chum and fellow built environment follower recently shot this photo of Cumberland Park with his mobile phone. Well done, my friend.


  1. Cumberland Park is a slam dunk for the city. Hope the momentum continues with the riverfront redevelopments master plan. Strolling a tree lined parking lot is not very enjoyable. Waterfront Park in Louisville has spun off hundreds of millions of dollars in projects over the years and families and empty nesters flock to the park everyday... MDHA needs to reach out to corporations as the Waterfront Development Cooperation in Louisville was created to guide and raise money to make all phases of the park become a reality.

  2. Without a doubt this park is very dynamic. It will have an exciting reception and will be sure to draw plenty of crowds this spring. I for one will be there. However, from a source close to the project, this park may be too complex and expensive for Metro to handle. How often do you see the fountain at the Courthouse Plaza out of service? And that is just one fountain! Is Metro committed to do the maintenance and upkeep on all the features within this park? St. Louis does a great job with its city owned zoo, park and museums. So, perhaps our govt. (and our taxpayers) have a similar plan. We'll see.

  3. Time to post an obituary on yet another Nashville landmark - the old FYE/ Tower Records/ clothing store bldg. And to b replaced by a god awful cookie cutter, anywhereville Homewood Suites. Damn it, Atlanta here we come.

  4. Folks,

    Agree on the park and (with Dan) on Homewood Suites design. Very bland. I like the height of the building and the fact that the site will no longer offer surface parking. But ...