East Nashvillians use Gateway Bridge to move to West Nashville 

U-Haul "glides over it like a breeze"

U-Haul "glides over it like a breeze"

The newly opened Gateway Bridge, which connects East Nashville to downtown, got a hearty thumbs-up from families using it to relocate to West Nashville last week.

"Part of our dream was to get out of East Nashville, and this beautiful new bridge helped make that dream come true," says Trudy Watts, who, with her husband Bob and son Johnny, crossed the dramatic new span on their way to their new house in West Meade.

Her words were echoed by Jennifer McCullers, who used the bridge in the course of her move to a Vanderbilt-area condo. "My U-Haul glided over it like a breeze," she says.

Both the Watts family and McCullers had lived in East Nashville for about 10 years and decided to move because of crime.

The Wattses reluctantly decided to leave their Lockeland Springs Victorian after having their lawn mower stolen from a garden shed, their house burgled and their car broken into.

"We loved the house, we loved our neighbors, but it just got a little out of control," Bob says. "We got really tired of dealing with insurance people all the time and being apprehensive about what we would find when we returned home."

McCullers' tale is even more harrowing; she was held up at gunpoint while on an early evening walk with her dog, Wendall.

"I know bad stuff can happen anywhere, but I also know bad stuff was happening constantly there," she says. "My neighbors were always looking out for each other, and we still had problems."

"The new bridge is such a beautiful addition to the skyline," Trudy Watts says from amid the unpacked boxes in the living room of her new spacious ranch house. "I would say that generations of Nashvillians will be thrilling to the sensation of using that bridge to get out of East Nashville."

(The Fabricator is satire. Don't believe everything you read.)

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