Mortified. Couldnt we just do a documentary about Dickerson Rd instead?
Correct, Bubbadog. Our fair city has destroyed many Vicky gems also, but seems to have focused more on preserving that era. I was referring more to a personal residential approach to preservation, commercial development has absolutely no consideration for its victims. (My family moved to Edgefield in 1977--my father did many of the original restorations back then and many East Nashville beauties were brought back to life with spare parts from tragedies like the chicken store.) I liken the fate of our fair city to what happened in Berlin. Dramatic, but you get my point. Little boxes . . .
This kind of sh*tty attitude is why we can't have nice things. And likely more why boomers are in therapy-the loss of craftmanship built-to-last and constant, undeniable need for something new. Sure, its not the handsomest building in town (they just demolished one, at 22nd and Charlotte that would have a great one to save), and if its not safe nor viable, then by all means. Aesthetics are not the only basis to judge, many of our mid-century gems were built to last, but nothing survives a greedy will and a wrecking ball. If we didn't *need* a coffee shop and Mc'Ds on every other corner, perhaps we could honor our history and older-world craftmanship. Nashville has spent decades protecting the Victorian gems of the Velvet Age, but decades later its time to honor the Machine, Jet, Eames, Wright, MCM and so forth.
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