Is Hillsboro Village Getting Out of Control? 

A police beat-down at Jackson's Sunday. A fight and Vandy cop pursuit Thursday.

A police beat-down at Jackson's Sunday. A fight and Vandy cop pursuit Thursday.

Frankly, we at Late Edition are getting worried. While it's no secret that Hillsboro Village has been overrun with douche bags since Jackson's opened—and between McDougal's arrival on the scene and two-for-one night at Sam's, things are only looking bleaker—there are good reasons not to write the place off.

Reasons like the Villager. The Pancake Pantry. The Belcourt. And, for an after-work beer, Boscos.

But let's be honest: it's turning into a bad neighborhood. On Sunday, a Jackson's patron with all three sheets to the wind decide to pick a fight with a cop. Turns out the pigs get weapons and training on how to slam drunks to the ground. Thursday night—and here Late Edition is breaking some news—a fight broke out on Belcourt Avenue that involved an unimpressive intoxicated young man who chucked a young woman to the ground by her hair.

There just seems to be an awful lot of body slamming going on over in the Village. In the more recent incident, five Vanderbilt police cruisers responded to the emergency call, and two men were taken into custody after a spirited, bloody-footed chase. (We recommend Shiner Bock as the perfect accompaniment to a lively police pursuit.)

So what gives? Aren't fights like these reserved for high school parking lots, frat parties and Nolensville Road nightclubs?

We're not sure, being peace-lovers ourselves. But if people are looking for a new, hip place to get drunk and rowdy among the fashionable set, here's a recommendation: Demonbreun Street. Plenty of new bars there, pedestrian-friendly roads—with crosswalks—easy interstate access, and an alcohol-fueled-conflict-inducing blend of yuppies, rednecks and college kids. Besides, what pair of plowed patrons wouldn't want to frolic among those oversized "Musica" penises? It'd be a great fight site for guys with something to prove.

But really, let's leave Hillsboro Village out of this. It doesn't deserve this kind of treatment. We're not sure why things are getting so rowdy over there—probably tensions are running high in the absence of Bastille Day festivities—but whatever the reason, consider this an appeal for peace.

Otherwise, we'll have to round up our 12South/Douglas Corner/Melrose posse and come kick some ass.


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