This graph in Jack Silverman's cover story
about the ongoing East Nashville/West Nashville rivalry stuck out:
Longtime residents on both sides of the river have heard all the old gripes. Chief among them is crime. East Nashville's detractors go on about its high crime rates, while boosters claim that perception is exaggerated. On some level, they're both right. But a new kind of irritation has started to take hold, especially now that East Nashville is booming as a hot spot for scene-making singles. Once considered too rough, now it's just too...hip.
Not long ago, I was talking to a longtime East Nashvillian at a party, and she was telling me how frustrated she was with her neighborhood's hipness factor. She was tired of hearing about East Nashville as a destination, as if it were some sort of Disneyland for slumming hipsters instead of a place where people settle and get involved. I wonder how much of that sentiment is shared by her neighbors—or by those of us across the river.