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    East Nashville and Sandy Springs, Ga.
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  1. I don't have feelings one way or the other about church closings and conversions, but I live close enough to this church that I used to be able to hear the services while doing yardwork on Sunday mornings. I'm glad that it won't be sitting empty much longer.
  2. (1) The former Family Dollar on Woodland, now conveniently cleared for redevelopment. (2) The back of Burger Up. (3) Downed trees on Newhall Dr. (4) Bulldozer fodder. Newhall Ct. (5) Was a two-story. Newhall Ct. (6) One of two downed transmission towers on Riverside Dr. (7) Damaged house on Brittany Dr.
  3. From the West End Methodist website: "A decade after the first church building was placed in service the congregation built its second church building, a towering brick edifice that would stand forty years at Sixteenth and Broad." The towering brick edifice had a 40-year run...that's it.
  4. According to the State Library and Archives, this picture was taken at 16th and West End, so these buildings have been replaced by Downtown Hyundai (formerly Jim Reed Chevrolet) and Broadwest (formerly Lake Palmer). The church is the brand-new sanctuary of West End Methodist, not dedicated until the following year. I don't know anything about the residences in the foreground.
  5. ^^^ That's a great East Nashville list. To it I would add redevelopment of the three unused corners of 10th and Shelby. It's a moderately prominent intersection, and they've been sitting in their current bare-dirt or vacant state for over 10 years. And it would be great if something would happen with the abandoned Naval Reserve Training Center in Shelby Park. It's gradually turning into an eyesore.
  6. Memory aid: It means "pretty wood". "Bosco-" means "wood" or "forest" and is related to English "bush"; "-bel" is "pretty" as in the name "Belle". Ultimately from Italian "bosco bello".
  7. I think it's a term frozen in time...without googling it I'd say about the 1830s. My armchair etymology: At one time (the colonial period and for some time after independence) everything west of the Appalachians was "the West". That's why the land now known as the East North Central states was called the Northwest Territory. Eventually people felt the need to distinguish between the Plains and the Great Lakes region on one hand and the areas far to the west, so we ended up with the West and the Midwest. -------------------------------------------------- [edit] Finally decided to look it up. I was only off by about half century: "The designation Middle West probably came into use during the 1880s and was applied primarily to Kansas and Nebraska and, to a lesser extent, Iowa and Missouri. During the first decade of the twentieth century the term Middle West was applied to a wider region but with little consistency."
  8. I come to UP for interurban flame wars and all I see is collegiality and analysis. C'mon, UPers, up your game.
  9. A shot taken Friday evening from just a little further down Shelby than Mark's (near 5th) with the skyline in silhouette. The view of the skyline from Shelby might be the best in the city.
  10. I've been to the Krog Street Market location several times. Mole enchiladas...yummm.
  11. I'm sorry, but can you move this to another thread? This is the scooter thread.
  12. Nicoletto's serves up take-out pasta. Very good, but not a complete Italian restaurant. Yep, been there several times..totally forgot about it. Strike that bullet. Also forgot about Peninsula, though I haven't been there. (Reason: If you're not a fan of shellfish, snails and organ meats it's hard to find much to order. Chicken? Fish?) Didn't know about this one; must go. That's a fair point. More recently arrived cuisines tend to find their customers in ethnic enclaves. Cuisines that have been assimilated into American culture like Chinese, Mexican and Italian find customers everywhere and so their restaurants are found everywhere. Japanese and Thai found popularity without much in the way of resident ethnic communities to support them, and so are found everywhere. I think my point about the odd paucity of sit-down Chinese and Italian (and maybe Thai and Indian) restaurants on the east side mostly stands.
  13. There's a distinct dearth of foreign cuisine on the east side (37206 and 37216). The situation is much better than 20 years ago, of course, but huge gaps remain: • Italian that's not pizza-centric and has ample seating (I confess that I haven't been to Pomodoro. Any good?) • Thai (Pace, Thai Phooket. Haven't been to Koi in a long time. Has it improved?) • Chinese (East Nashvillians have been griping about the lack of Chinese for years. Hunan Express is for the desperate only.) • Ethiopian • Vietnamese • Indian • Middle Eastern or North African that's not gyros-centric • Any European cuisine besides kinda-sorta French (Margot and Marche) and Greek (Greko). In this case gastropubs and steakhouses aren't the culprits...not sure what is.
  14. Oh wow! We've lost some real gems. Whatever their other accomplishments (and they are many), the Greatest and Silent generations didn't have much appreciation for this kind of architecture.
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