Downtown Living

It seems like we have been inundated with stories about how everyone is now wanting to live in Downtown Nashville. I know a few people who are living downtown, but now that I have kids I have settled down across the river in East Nashville.

This is the second revitalization of downtown that I remember. In the early 90’s downtown nashville got a little nightlife and some restaurants. Prior to that there were loads of pawn shops and porn shops. A large part of the revitalization seemed to be spurred by Daincin’ in the District.

I am surprised that it has taken this long for urban living to really catch on in Nashville, but I have to wonder what is driving it? I think that sports are playing a large role in the appeal of downtown Nashville. Within walking distance we have hockey, football, and soon to be baseball.

While it is hard to fiscally justify the money that taxpayers are spending to have professional sports teams in Nashville, it does make Nashville (and especially downtown) a cooler place to live.

1 Comment so far

  1. Kate O' (unregistered) on March 1st, 2006 @ 10:06 pm

    I’m thrilled by all the focus on downtown. From my place in Germantown, I can walk to downtown (when it’s not freezing and when I have the right shoes on), and I just love that. Developments are slow-going, though, and businesses are going to have to catch on before long that, with an influx of downtown residents, they can’t be closed on the weekends (Sundays are particularly dead) and they should really entertain later weekday hours. If it really takes off, I’ll be in heaven.

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