In Nashville, a city that is in the midst of an unprecedented building boom, a prime piece of property has not participated in the boom. Instead, it became first, a giant hole and then, one of the most expensive lakes a person can imagine. However, Google Maps isn’t a person and it had no problem imagining it. Google Maps has spent the past several years codifying the creation of the giant lake on West End Avenue.
Willie Nelson has recorded songs about six of the eight Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) I’ve lived in. Missing: Washington, DC and the small town I lived in until age five.
The following two graphics are via the Atlantic’s CityLab.com, which also provides a Spotify playlist that will allow you to hear most of the citified songs Willie Nelson recorded while rambling around the country.
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First, from Nashville’s public radio station, WPLN-FM, a story about United Record Pressing, LLC, the largest vinyl record-pressing plant in the country. “(We) account for about 30 to 40 percent of all vinyl records out there in stores,” says Jay Millar, United’s head of marketing,
“United manufactures up to 40,000 records a day. Demand is so high that if you’re not already a customer, they won’t even take your order — at least until a second plant opens later this year.
“So how does a record get made? It starts with the groove.”
Previously (but I missed last year), I’ve listed some last minute Tennessee-related holiday gift ideas. This year, the emphasis is on food grown or produced (e.g. cooked, prepared, collected, etc.) in the state. (And for the few who may read this on Christmas Eve, I’ve even included a couple Tennessee-related products or distribution channels for the desperate.)
Nashville, November 1910. “George Christopher, Postal Telegraph messenger #7, fourteen years old. Been at it over three years. Does not work nights.”
The photograph and caption are both by Lewis Wickes Hine, who took thousands of portraits of young bicycle messengers and other child laborers on behalf of the Nation Child Labor Committee at the turn of the 20th century. Hine’s photos, and the work of the committee, are credited with influencing public opinion to the degree that in 1916, Congress passed legislation protecting children: the Keating-Owen Act.
The Library of Congress photographic collections house more than five thousand original Lewis Hine photographs, given to the library by the National Child Labor Committee.