Up for Debate: Old and New Face of Nashville

Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:15am

For this week's dead-tree version of The City Paper we turned our photographers' lenses onto Nashville to explore the old and new face of Nashville (see it online here). There were many categories we couldn't to, so tell us who, and what, do you see as the old and new face of Nashville. Who and what are the "now" version of Nashville's yesteryear in categories such as music, food, business, etc.? But because new isn't always better, what are some of the old/new changes that have made for worse?

Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: Up for Debate

61 Comments on this post:

By: brrrrk on 7/9/12 at 11:57

slacker said

"Not so fast Rasp... Its gonna be close. IMO the debates will swing the undecided voters, and they will decide the election. Mitt's gotta explain clearly, why his religion has no significance as Kennedy had to, and why he was for socialized medicine, before he was against it. Shades of John Kerry."

Not only that, but Mitt should explain his stashed money around the world, why Baine invested in a company that processed medical waste from abortion clinics (while Romney had "despotory " powers over the contract.), and how he ended up with an IRA account with 100 million in it. I don't know about anyone else, by my IRA has limits on the amount I can contribute yearly. Even contributing the max, I'd get nowhere near 100 million.

By: yogiman on 7/9/12 at 12:01

Congratulations on hitting the half century mark, dargent7. I hope you learn to think when you pass that mark next month.

Read a little bit about Rome and Greece and you should be able to figure it out the USA will be third place.

By: brrrrk on 7/9/12 at 12:07

yogiman said

"Read a little bit about Rome and Greece and you should be able to figure it out the USA will be third place."

Yes, by all means Darg..... read up on that "Rome and Greece" situation.

By: dargent7 on 7/9/12 at 12:08

"I still hold Congress for letting this happen..."
Anyone catch "60 Minutes" last night?
That lobbyist, Abramhoff, spilled hit guts on how Washington, "really works".
It's all influence peddling, favors, bribes, coersion and/ or extorsion.
Teams of lobbyists, fanned out, to recruit Congressmen's staff members to then influence the Congressman.
It isn't about simple sex in the car anymore. It's all about cash. Reams of it, estates, vacations, yachts, and a cushy job after the bum retires or is thrown out of office.
America is all about the 1%, the cash rich, the top tier, the afflent, and doesn't give a damn about the middle class or lower.
Just ask Mitt.

By: dargent7 on 7/9/12 at 12:12

brrrrk: Not to worry.
I watched "Animal House" last night.
"Those two ass-holes stole the wrong f***in' test answers..."
At least when I was in college I verified my ass-holes. Didn't call it "vetting" back then.

By: yogiman on 7/9/12 at 12:52


That organization called congress today isn't anywhere similar to the Congress as it was originated. It has become a corporation. The biggest difference is, they're only interested it it for themselves. To hell with the stock holders (citizens that voted them in office). If not, why are they such "friends" with lobbyists?

It's hard to understand why the tax payers keep them elected when that are proven to be crooks.

When Harry Truman got that term limit on the Presidency, he tried to get term limits placed on the Senate and House also. They wouldn't buy that. They argued they were "elected" and it was up to the people to decide. But it's obvious once in office they get the money to stay in office from the lobbyists.

You rarely see a congressman resign until they get too old to stay in office.

By: brrrrk on 7/9/12 at 1:30

And what happens when Republicans run things...........

Rick Scott’s Budget Cuts Have Undermined Florida’s Response To Tuberculosis Outbreak


Unfortunately what happens in Florida can now be carried to other states.....

By: Captain Nemo on 7/9/12 at 2:32

By: yogiman on 7/9/12 at 11:11
You guys make me envy you. I wish I was as brilliant as you think you are. But sadly, I'm afraid I am.

There is no thinking about it yogi, next to you everyone is brilliant.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/9/12 at 2:38

By: brrrrk on 7/9/12 at 1:07
yogiman said

"Read a little bit about Rome and Greece and you should be able to figure it out the USA will be third place."

I use to think that, but now it looks more like the French Revolutions.

By: Ask01 on 7/9/12 at 8:38

Just for a little insight, I did research some years ago for an article about Country Music. The audience was European but the link between country music and the 'hick' stereotype was well known.

I discovered that the public persona so connected with Nashville and Country Music was, at least according to one source, largely attributable to the marketing conceived by "The Solemn Old Judge," George D. Hay, the man who started the WSM Barn Dance, which later became "The Grand Ole Opry," after a comment made on air by "The Judge." (There is much more to the tale, but that is the very basic.)

According to my reading, George Hay created some of the names for groups and encouraged acts to wear all sorts of costumes to reflect a country bumpkin images.

Interestingly, some did not comply, and performed in coat and tie, such as Roy Acuff.

That is part of how the "hick" and "country bumpkin" image came about and, since the "Opry" was based in, and broadcast from, Nashville, the city, by default, assumed the same image as the genre grew.

One interesting piece of material indicated city government at the time was not thrilled by the image and would have, according to some, been happy to see the industry move to some other city.

Good for Nashville the early Opry members stuck it out.

I wonder what George D. Hay would think of what he created today?

By: budlight on 7/9/12 at 9:01

gdiafante on 7/9/12 at 8:25
Yogi, I wouldn't expect you to be able to recognize intelligence if it knocked your tooth out.

Bud, that's not very Christian of you...tsk tsk...
By: treehugger7 on 7/9/12 at 8:26
Thanks, Bud, for a new addition to my vocabulary--I love it! Can we get a boiling acid stream in the legislature--since we can't test IQs , we can use this as a de facto IQ test. Now where is Hurley when you need her?!

G, and who are you? The king of intelligence? And who are you to judge me?

Treehugger, thanks. I love that word. Touron!

And by the way, Yogi, there are guns at my church. They all have legal carry permits. I guess they think that someone might try to rob us. Oh that's right. Usually it's the preacher who robs churches (Jimmy Baker & Tammy Faye to name a couple). I know they did their time. I really think God gets upset when anyone robs anyone - church, bank or personal property. Stealilng is wrong.

Wonder what you'd call the current administration? Crooks sounds good. Good night.