Yesterday, I ventured downtown to the Occupy Nashville protest in Legislative Plaza. I went in completely blind. I’m not particularly knowledgeable about the movement, and I wanted to keep an open mind. I had heard a range of different things from the 99% quote (and many different organizations and parties poking fun at that quote) [...]
Picture of Nashville out of a Towers I window. It is 16 degrees outside.
So, this was Monday. I walked downtown then and took photos with my iPhone (DSLR is at home), and finals held me up from posting here. But: If you are not here, you cannot believe how much water is downtown, out in the Opry Mills area, out in Bellevue, out in Franklin, and in parts [...]
As tea party activists descend on Nashville the first weekend of February to attend the first National Tea Party Convention, mainstream media coverage will no doubt be focused on two aspects: Sarah Palin’s speech and the controversy regarding the convention’s very existence.
Nashville is currently engaged in a serious discussion over the future of the city’s prominence among national convention destinations. At the center of the discussions is the proposed $585 million Music City Convention Center and the $200 – $300 million attached Headquarters Hotel. The Convention Center will be built south of the Sommet Center and [...]
At the Atlantic, Richard Florida has an interesting post about Nashville, the music industry and industry centralization. He uses former Detroit natives Meg and Jack White of the rock band the White Stripes (pictured above) as an example of how professional musicians are concentraing themselves more in Nashville. It seems like a no-brainer for me, [...]
So many Nashville bloggers have their thoughts on this, the best synopsis being Bob Krumm’s, which I find to be the most accurate portrayal: a few nutjobs, lots of decent, hard-working Tennesseans who don’t like what their government is doing. I thought since most people have heard the story that I would just share a [...]
Last night, I met former Senator Bill Frist outside a restaurant here in Nashville. We were both with family celebrating our birthdays (his is apparently today). He was pretty nice and engaging, and the relaxedness of it made a typical Nashville/southern encounter. My brother was there and said he recognized Sen. Frist too, but he [...]
The state’s first Republican Speaker of the House in four decades could only claim that title for less than a month; Kent Williams, the second-term representative elected Speaker by Democrats and himself, is no longer a member of the GOP.
Outside Tennessee, there was little coverage or knowledge of Williams’ surprise election last January. At the time, the president’s transition and inauguration dominated national headlines, so the goings-on in Nashville received only a cursory overview in the national media.
So let me get this straight. At the end of March, Nashville will be one of the cities across the country who will celebrate Earth Hour, which will somehow let people know about global warming if we haven’t heard about it yet. Nashville will turn off all of its non-essential lights (I guess this includes [...]