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, March 3, 2012

Creating Places: A quick observation

The recently placed exterior signage at the Downtown YMCA is not working for me.


  1. The signage is simply part of a new logo and branding for Y's all over the country. It's not great, but not horrible either. The YMCA is trying to streamline a rather cumbersome name.

    There are a lot of other corporate logos that adorn buildings that are not so appealing. There are far more important nits to pick!

  2. A-Mous,

    I've noted many times in the past that, overall, the Y building design is outstanding. Perhaps that is why to see signage that is not particularly attractive (though clearly not ugly) is disappointing. Point well made about other corporate logos. There is streamlining (to minimize expenses) that is both practical and understandable. Still, the Y signage underachieves.