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, September 3, 2013

Creating Places: Chattanooga bound

The last time I visited Chattanooga, my chin beard still had some color and I lived in East Nashville. During the six years since, the city has undergone some impressive changes. I'm headed for Chattanooga this morning, with a full report to follow by Sunday.


  1. Chattanooga is a nice little city and has certainly come a long way over the past decade or so. The downtown area is so touristy, especially on weekends with Aquarium visitors that it often reminds me of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge with chain restaurants and little diversity. The art museum and district are quite nice, but have been devoid of visitors each time we have visited. There are a couple of restaurants in this area, but they have also been largely empty, even on weekend nights. The area across the river seems much more urban and hip and is where we plan to return in the future. The riverfront is quite nice, but it is sad to see the once-proud Delta Queen sitting idle and looking quite rundown.

  2. AMous,

    You are correct about the North Shore and Frazier Avenue. It is very bohemian and cool.