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.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Creating Places: Predictions

Currently, there are seven residential buildings of 50 or more units under construction (or set to start very soon) within Nashville's core. Here is one man's prediction as to how they will rank, when finished, in terms of their form and function (Note: I considered various factors, including materials, massing, context related to nearby buildings and mixture of uses):

1. Pine Street Flats
2. Elliston 23
3. Vista Germantown
4. Park 25 (the "wild card" of this group, with the potential to be No. 1)
5. Eleven North
6. Midtown Place
7. West End Village


  1. It would be very helpful, and very appreciated, to at least have a small bit of commentary about each of these projects. Unless one is an expert, or follows this sort of thing up close, it's almost impossible for the average reader to have any idea of what you are referring to. Please give the reader more information about the reasons for your predictions!

    1. Place the words in your Google search bar and press ENTER. Pretty simple)

  2. A-Mous No. 1,

    My apologies as I often assume the readers of this blog (all seven of you) know these projects thoroughly. I will attempt to be a bit more specific.



  3. Horrible ranking. Mind-bloggling how you could have that hideous-looking Germantown Vista development so high. Despicable.

  4. A-Mous from Feb. 10,

    I appreciate your frank feedback.