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In bright yellow polo shirts, and often gliding through crowds on motorized Segways, the downtown Nashville “ambassadors” are easy to spot. And they’re seemingly omnipresent — working 16 hours a day, every day.

ferris wheel
Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville is being forced to decide: Does a giant Ferris wheel belong on one of the most prominent spots downtown? The proposal to build a wheel caught many people by surprise in recent weeks and now officials are wrestling with what to do.

Caroline Miller / for WPLN

It's nearly impossible to spend a night on Nashville's Lower Broadway — that hub of honky tonks — and not see several groups of women celebrating an impending marriage.

These bachelorette parties have become so prevalent that they're almost an inside joke for locals. But they have also become an integral part of Nashville's tourism boom. 


The city is hunting for a safe and permanent solution to the pedestrian scramble on Lower Broadway. This could mean replacing the ubiquitous barricades that stop people from crossing the street with more usable objects, like awnings, benches, planters and tables.

Nashville adult entertainment
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville is mulling the future of sexually oriented businesses. The so-called “adult entertainment district” in downtown and parts of Midtown and Sobro has been the only area in the county that allows strip clubs and adult shops.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville’s urban planners are again tinkering with the honky tonk district on Lower Broadway. This time, it’s a one-month trial of a new pedestrian plaza on what had been loading zones. It’s supposed to give people a safer way to walk, and a spot to hang out.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

On some weeks, Nashville hotel prices are comparable to New York City — a surprise to travelers and a worry for local tourism promoters. But as the hotel landscape changes, there’s a chance those rates could come down.

Nashville skyline changes
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville’s skyline is already full of tower cranes, but another flurry of proposals could further reshape the silhouette of downtown. At least a half-dozen projects measure in at 25 stories or taller.

Bridgestone Predators Sommet
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Could Bridgestone Arena become the latest site of a major downtown redevelopment? Arena executives broached the topic in a meeting with the Metro Sports Authority yesterday.  

LifeWay headquarters Nashville

LifeWay Christian Resources will continue to call downtown Nashville home — a relief to city leaders.