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Oh My God! Does anyone remember this?

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Well...I was not quite 2 at that point, so no. But I'm kind of glad they didn't go through it. Downtown was in a transitional phase, then...and I'm not sure that would've worked out so well. Like Church St Ctr, it would've been a little before its time.

But now...hey...we've got an old convention center site that could be something pretty cool.....

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LOL... I cracked up... especially when I saw the little faux country store in the rendering, shades of the Cascades at the O'land Hotel.  That's funny!  However, that was a popular idea during the 1980s... and IMHO has ruined Fremont Street.  My brother who lives in Las Vegas maintains however that Fremont  was already dead and the canopy has actually given people a reason to visit downtown.  Anyway, this one was obviously a Gaylord idea. 

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I actually do remember this..  I was new to Nashville at the time and didn't have much experience with downtown..   but I remember seeing this in the paper and thought what a odd idea it was then at the time.

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Yes, I remember this. Enclosing the Ryman in a glass atrium and constructing some adjacent towers (one was to be about 50 stories, albeit an uninspired rectangle shape, IIRC). A curiosity, at best. Downtown was badly in need of some bold ideas at the time for revitalization, especially on the heels of the closures of the theaters, Harvey's and Cain-Sloan in the '80s. And adjacent Lower Broad was a seedy mess in those days, I remember the porn & peep shops (no, never went in 'em, I was only 13 in 1987) and those buildings held hostage by the infamous Inez Silverfield.

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