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, March 21, 2012

Creating Places: RMH photos

MDHA just released two new aerial photos of Rolling Mill Hill. Visit this site to see full-sized images. An interesting element of the shot I've attached is the horizontal stretch of Ryman Lofts (you'll need to see this photo on the MDHA site to clearly observe the elevator shaft on one end and the stairwell on the other).

On a negative note, the massive surface parking lot that will accommodate Trolley Barns employees and visitors is very unsightly. I'm hoping some landscaping will be added to soften the harshness.

Lastly, apparently a "Phase II" of RMH (with at least two new buildings) will soon be announced. I trust one of the new buildings will front Hermitage Avenue between Ryman Lofts and Nance Place, as that is the most ideal spot on which to continue the RMH infill effort. In short, let's line the street first and then have development move toward the Cumberland River.


  1. Yikes! I thought a multi-level parking garage was to be built for Trolly Barn tenants. In the site plan it was depicted as being on the South side of the barns, next to the bottom of the Art Deco apartment building. That surface lot is disappointing.

  2. Yes, the surface lots are a huge disappointment. But, Im sure will be a nice spot to watch fireworks in July. I am thrilled this area has great residences, as well as work space. Im just ready to see some retail to start infilling such as a grocery. Perhaps "Phase II" includes some multi-use facilities.