Monday, June 19, 2006

Move over Big Apple, here comes Music City

Nashville is known the world over as Music City, USA. But lately, the city's economic growth has been staggering, and the city's leaders are doing their best to harness that growth in a positive direction. The results of these efforts have been breath-taking: the Nashville Public Library, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and the newly revitalized Music Row area all point toward Nashville's rapid ascendancy.

But this formerly sleepy country music town is adding more than just some influential public structures. Infrastructural developments have also been in the works, with Nashville's new Gateway Bridge and light commuter rail, the Music City Star.

Most stunning to those of us who have had the privilege of calling Nashville home is the announcement of the new Signature Tower. This massive new skyscraper would be 65-storeys tall, topping out at 1,047 feet -- exactly one foot taller than New York City's landmark Chrysler Building (1,046 feet). The new building would become the fifth-largest in the United States and the largest outside of New York City or Chicago -- an honor that formerly belonged to Atlanta's Bank of America Tower (at 1,023 feet).

Sounds like Music City is movin' on up.
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FEELING: Proud of my adopted city
LISTENING TO: Vanderbilt's Alma Mater, which always reminds me of Nashville


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