Tennessean business reporter Bobby Allyn wrote an interesting piece about the redevelopment of Rolling Mill Hill, the sprawling 34-acre tract overlooking the Cumberland River on the southern edge of downtown, soon to be home to The Entrepreneur Center, email marketing company Emma, the Ryman lofts and a host of other businesses. A snip:
City planners say Rolling Mill Hill’s renaissance is changing the way in which residents perceive the once-neglected area, just a short walk from the city’s publicly financed $585 million convention center that is to open next year.
“Downtown has been unfolding for over 40 years,” said Phil Ryan, who leads the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. “It’s now becoming a larger urban place.”
City planners say Rolling Mill Hill’s redevelopment will be similar to that of the Gulch, a neighborhood in what was once a derelict industrial area. Now it is a trendy enclave of gleaming condo towers and boutique shops on the western periphery of downtown. “We’re trying to bring together a creative community,” Mr. Ryan said, and added, “It will be entrepreneurs interacting with architects and a place where people from all over Tennessee will come for meetings.”
Karl Dean, Nashville’s current mayor, agreed, saying the project “is good for our city, and the exchange of energy and ideas will help move Nashville forward.”
Somewhat counterintuitively, the story, which delves into the decade-and-a-half history of development efforts, ran in The New York Times, rather than, I dunno, our paper of record.