Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Brief and Unique History of Metro Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Just a heads-up that one of my favorite local bloggers is taking a look at the history of flood control in MetroCenter. Here's a sample:

A quick look at the map makes it obvious the entire area is a floodplain, and yet it’s also the site of a huge office park that includes the Titans practice field, one of Nashville’s four TV networks, a Comcast facility that provides internet for a good portion of middle Tennessee, an art school, and a Metro park and golf course. During its heyday in the mid-1990s there was even an outdoor mall with a multiplex until it went under and was repurposed as the campus for Watkins Art Institute (Watkins moved from downtown to make room for the main Nashville library building in the late 1990s). After an acquaintance at Metro Water Services told me the infrastructure and improvements in the area were worth $4 billion I decided to spend an afternoon sifting the library’s newspaper archive just to satisfy my curiosity about how it went from the city dump on a floodplain to the tail that wags the dog in Nashville’s flood mitigation plan.

If you're interested in how and why we try to mitigate flooding on the Cumberland, be sure to check it out.

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