Adding my voice to Save Nashville’s Printers Alley
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Recently my family decided to be tourists in Nashville again. While we live close to Music City, it had been a while since we’d been downtown with our daughters.
If you have never visited Nashville, let me be the first to invite you to put us on your travel list.
Nashville is a pretty city, seamlessly blending the old and new. From their music scene to the beautiful Architectural wonders of our older buildings, Nashville takes pride in its past, while still welcoming new looks and sounds.
Nashville is a friendly city, full of life, even on a Thursday afternoon when my husband and I decided to take our girls to see Printers Alley. We figured they were old enough to see some of the more adult business venues from the outside, and since it was late afternoon, we felt no adult activities would be going on.
I was excited to see this part of Nashville on foot, having only driven past Printers Alley on previous visits. Up 3rd Ave. we walked. Laughing and talking and people watching, like true tourists do, so by the time we made it to Printers Alley we were a little hot and hoping it was worth the walk.
This is a historical landmark. You can feel it as you walk down this little strip of pavement, sandwiched in between old buildings full of history. The iron work, the old doors and windows, the bricks all melded and whispered of times gone by.
Some of Country Music royalty like Johnny Cash, Charlie Pride and Willie Nelson have walked this Alley and played to the patrons who have kept these businesses alive all these years.
While we have never frequented the lounges, bars and other businesses in the Alley, we found it all rather charming and I decided right then to root for saving this part of Nashville history.
Save Printers Alley is a grassroots movement started when a proposal for a new hotel was implemented. While growth is good, I do agree with others who want to preserve the history of Nashville.
I invite you to learn more by visiting The Save Printers Alley website and following them on Facebook and even order a Save Printers Alley tee-shirt to show your support.
We loved being tourists in our local big city and hope to return again soon. I'll be sure to share more each time we visit a part of Nashville, so stay tuned.
Please share in comments: Is there a historical landmark in your hometown in jeopardy due to growth?