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, December 25, 2012

Creating Places: Good-bye Mr. Keathley

Nashville-based Street Dixon Rick Architecture did a fine job  designing the recently opened Middle Tennessee State University Student Center (see photos below). As an MTSU graduate (Class of 1985), I fondly remember the old Keathley University Center with its old-school lockers, underground bookstore and always-bustling cafeteria. Amazingly, a buddy (also a Class of 1985 grad) returned to the KUC a few years ago and was able to remember his locker number and lock combination. I write this blog post in his honor — and with relief he wasn't approached by an MTSU security guard for violating the privacy of the student whose locker he accessed.


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