Lit from beneath, the faded paint from a long ago sign on the side of a brick building adjacent to one of the pedestrian bridges in Nashville seemed to almost glow when we walked across last night. The worn and repaired brick, the old wood in the windows and door, the paint — it was an example of how beauty can be found even in the most ordinary settings. Amazing what a little light can accomplish!
The Cumberland River flows through downtown Nashville. There’s a little park on the downtown side of the river where you will finds lots of concrete steps, people still shaking off last night’s overindulgence — and a literal high-water mark. It’s hard to believe the river reaches such heights, but in 2010 the Cumberland topped the high-water mark entirely and crested at 51.86 feet, causing catastrophic flooding that swamped the area. The river was a lot lower, thankfully, when we visited yesterday morning.
For a city located smack dab in the midst of middle America, Nashville is pretty damned cool. In addition to the music scene, which you probably knew about already, Nashville has some great bridges. The footbridge from the Bridge Building over the Cumberland to downtown not only affords you an excellent view of other bridges, it also is a striking bridge in its own right.
American cities would do well to turn all unused railroad bridges into pedestrian footpaths. They’re irresistible.