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Charlotte Park/Sylvan Park/Bellevue/West Nash./Nations

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I decided to do one more pined thead for area west.

 

 

To start it off I took a little drive:

 

 

 

A drive through the Nations

 

John C Hayes project on Delaware

 

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Hodgepodge of new homes or under construction

 

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Yeah that 16 unit building is a miserable sack off the side of the interstate. 

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I have seen prison cells with more windows. That has got to be one of the worst buildings in town now. It certainly ranks in my top 5.

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The prison cell windows are why I kept second guessing myself as to whether it was really residential at all. I kept passing it on I-40 confused. Finally, I decided to get off at the 46th Avenue exit one day to drive by and I was still unsure. Hopefully there are more windows on the back. I may swing by later to have a peak at the back to see. 

 

I am impressed with how the Nations/Historic West Town is quietly turning around. It's hard to believe it's the same neighborhood that was used as the setting for the trashy, rural Ohio town in Gummo back in the '90's. Anyone who has seen that film should be able to appreciate the improvements. I've driven through a few times recently. There are still entire blocks there awaiting remodel, but I think the neighborhood will have a solid future. It could benefit from more quirky neighborhood bars and restaurants like Stone Fox and some more sidewalks. 

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I believe the name has been officially changed to "Westtown" or "West Town", but it was called The Nations because the streets are named after states of the U.S.  Go figure.

 

 

Why is that area called "the nations"?

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There is also something about it being the location where the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw signed a treaty with settlers around Louisiana @ 62nd.

I have also heard that the streets were named after states in hopes of attracting people from "across the nation"...I suppose "nations" just sort of came out of that.

Btw, I do really like a lot of the single family new construction builds going on in and around the core.

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Ah... thanks.  I'll have to check it out next time I can get up there.

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I believe the name has been officially changed to "Westtown" or "West Town", but it was called The Nations because the streets are named after states of the U.S.  Go figure.

The Nations is a much better name.  "West Town" is a name for a mall, not a neighborhood.  A really dull, characterless mall.

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The Nations is a much better name.  "West Town" is a name for a mall, not a neighborhood.  A really dull, characterless mall.

 

Agreed. 

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I decided to do one more pined thead for area west.

 

 

To start it off I took a little drive:

 

 

 

A drive through the Nations

 

John C Hayes project on Delaware

 

Gawd awful

 

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Drove by to check out the back of this one yesterday. It looks just like the front, but there is one larger window by the door. Definitely an odd design. 

 

Also, I definitely prefer The Nations to West Town as well. Most people I know call the area The Nations, so I don't think the rebranding is sticking very well. 

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Most people I know call the area The Nations, so I don't think the rebranding is sticking very well.

I'm still not sure why the area needs to be rebranded. I understand, perhaps, if the hood is particularly nasty...but I never really thought so there...plus, there have been a number of hoods (particularly East Nashville and Germantown) that really didn't need rebranding at all...and look at them now. Of course, with the East hoods, there has been sort of a move to emphasize the individual neighborhoods (enhanced local identity)...but not much in the way of what I would call "rebranding." I don't see any real move to rebrand formerly not very well thought of areas like Cleveland and McFerrin Park...so why do it with The Nations?

sidenote...I think it would be a cool idea for that neighborhood to have lamp poles with the 50 state flags lining 51st...it would give it a cool and unique flavor, giving a nod to the state named streets.

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I love the lamp pole idea! I would like to see more of those kinds of streetscape improvements in our urban neighborhoods. I don't think rebranding is necessary either, but it sounds like some realtors and residents thought it was to foster more interest in the neighborhood.

 

Brittle is also seeing an uptick in property sales in an area north of Sylvan Park and Charlotte Pike historically known as The Nations. Realtors and homeowners have in recent years rebranded the district as Historic West Town in an attempt to focus on its plentiful stock of historic homes rather than its past reputation as shabby.

 

http://www.nashvilleledger.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=56220

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I love the lamp pole idea! I would like to see more of those kinds of streetscape improvements in our urban neighborhoods. I don't think rebranding is necessary either, but it sounds like some realtors and residents thought it was to foster more interest in the neighborhood.

 

 

http://www.nashvilleledger.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=56220

The Realtor spin effect is definitely going on here.  The emphasis on the word, "Historic" West Town is also noteworthy.  Yes, there are some historic houses in that area.  But to me it's like Germantown:   eventually, the proportion of new construction homes outweighs the existing historic homes. So even if the new construction homes have ersatz historic stylings, the neighborhood can become a fake historic neighborhood.  Sort of "histor-ish."  Still, I'll take it!

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No to West Town. Yes to The Nations. And, indeed, the street names of states did, in part, spur the name. The Nations sound distinctive and urban. West Town is too predictable. If you run across a realtor using that name, be polite and say you will do everything you can to prevent that name from becoming commonly used.

 

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Sylvan Heights...Trevor St near 33rd...overlooking I-440, just below some radio/transmission towers, and with a spectacular view of downtown.

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I think that may be another DreamInc project but dont know for sure. I thas been sitting like that for a while.

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Sylvan Heights...Trevor St near 33rd...overlooking I-440, just below some radio/transmission towers, and with a spectacular view of downtown.

Radical. I like it.

 

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May the Hull never fall.

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Well, looks like the neat old stone TDOT building is gonna go. It's a shame...but structurally unsound sounds like it would be more trouble than it is worth to save.

Seems like the state doesn't take great care of their buildings...

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You mean government isn't smart about spending money... LOL... ok, that was teed-up for an easy jab.

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The Sheds looks like a nice project.

 

 

Radical. I like it.

 

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May the Hull never fall.

 

Anyone know if the architect for this house is the same as the arthitect(s) of those houses on the nearby ridge (just outside of I-440) off of Charlotte?  I haven't been out there in a couple of  years, but there used to be about a dozen or so modern (urban) homes.  Have any been added since then? 

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