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.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Creating Places: A look at the Mural in Black

A quick hit as I ponder which television character is more pretentious: that of Niles Crane or that of Frasier Crane.

And speaking of a man who was anything but effete ... Mr. John Cash: an American music legend.

The little cinder block building that runs along Molloy Street between Fourth Avenue South and Almond Street in SoBro now sports an updated mural of The Man in Black. And, I must say, it is outstanding. The former mural had deteriorated badly, so this new iteration is welcomed. If anybody knows the men responsible, please let me know their names. I'd like to give them credit. Great work.


  1. WW, you seem to have a penchant for things dark and brooding! Third Man studios and now this mural Man in Black. Are you under a cloud this week or is your own effete dark side just coming out?

  2. AMous 8:09AM,

    Now that made me chuckle out loud. A great way to start the day. As you might know, mine is a sunny disposition, so this "blackness" is, indeed, interesting. Maybe I find one more and go for the trifecta.