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 4, 2012

Creating Places: Nashville City Center parking project

A few days ago, I wrote about the new-look wall on the north face of the Sixth Avenue North building that overlooks the under-construction parking project Parmenter Realty Partners is undertaking at Nashville City Center. Read here for more on the project and, below, see the image. I like the placement of the garage entrance, as it is as physically removed from the NCC pedestrian plaza as possible. Also, note the two islands for trees. That alone will render the surface lot vastly better than its previous iteration. And the little structures for accessing the lot (and exiting it) will — along with the trees on the sidewalk — provide the lot with some definition.

The aforementioned wall, which now is actually attractive enough, will allow the surface lot, once finished, to at least look less harsh than it otherwise would.

Trees, small buildings, a freshly updated building wall ... combined, these seemingly little changes will make a nice improvement to this stretch of Sixth Avenue.


  1. Awesome! Thanks for following up to my comment regarding the garage. Even though the lot will look better, I wish they hadn't reverted to surface parking again...I guess we can hope for verticality in the future.

  2. AMous 8:45 AM,

    I think we can get some verticality at some point. I surely hope so.


  3. Yes, the biggest hindrances to coming downtown are traffic congestion and lack of parking. It should also be affordable, not 10 or 20 bucks for a few hours.