That Buzz You’re Hearing in Music From Nashvile Isn’t Static

A couple of months before it opened in 2013, my cousin’s husband (my first-cousin-in-law?) gave me an incredible tour of Nashville’s impressive new convention center, the Music City Center. (He was a supervising engineer on the project.) In the album of photos I posted on Flickr, I included a shot of four acres of its roof planted with prairie grasses; a part of its water collection system. (There are many more acres of solar panels and other green-things, also.)

music-city-centerEarlier this week, I heard this story on Nashville’s public radio station, WPLN, about a volunteer beekeeper who has helped install and is managing honey bee beehives on that roof. The hives were an idea the center staff borrowed from a convention center in Vancouver. (Sidenote: My suggestion for something else Nashville should borrow from Vancouver: Their understanding of the importance of bicycles in urban planning.)

bee-keerperAccording to the story, the Music City Center’s roof-bee population has quickly grown to 200,000+ and the honey they will produce (about 350 lbs. a year) is being used in the Music City Center’s kitchens and as part of the center’s marketing efforts.

Most surprising thing in the story: there were over 20 million bees in downtown Nashville already, even before the arrival of the Music City Center hives.

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Nashville Will Have its First Open Streets Festival on June 27

Nashvillians, mark your calendars. In three weeks, a mile-long stretch of Division Street and 11th Avenue (basically, “The Gultch”) will turn into a three-hour family-friendly greenway.

Open_Streets_2015 The inaugural Nashville Open Streets Festival takes place on June 27, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (And it’s free.)

It will be a somewhat shorter version of such open streets events that have grown extremely popular in cities around the world. (They are also referred to as ciclovias or cyclovias, a spanish word meaning “cycleway,” as they originated in Bogata, Columbia, in the mid 1970s.)

What is an Open Streets Festival?

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Google Maps Lakeside View



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.

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Places Willie Nelson has Sung About While on the Road Again

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.

Click/tap either graphic to enlarge them:


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A Couple of Grammy Day Nashville Music Stories You May Not Know

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,

Quote:

“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.”

(Continue reading on WPLN.org…)

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