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  • Greetings from New Nashville: How a Sleepy Southern Town Became "It" City
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  • Steve Haruch
  • 2020
  • Published by: Vanderbilt University Press
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In 1998, roughly 2 million visitors came to see what there was to see in Nashville. By 2018, that number had ballooned to 15.2 million.

In that span of two decades, the boundaries of Nashville did not change. But something did. Or rather, many somethings changed, and kept changing, until many who lived in Nashville began to feel they no longer recognized their own city. And some began to feel it wasn't their own city at all anymore as they were pushed to its fringes by rising housing costs. Between 1998 and 2018, the population of Nashville grew by 150,000. On some level, Nashville has always packaged itself for consumption, but something clicked and suddenly everyone wanted a taste. But why Nashville? Why now? What made all this change possible?

This book is an attempt to understand those transformations, or, if not to understand them, exactly, then to at least grapple with the question: What happened?

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Nashville's Band of Outsiders
  2. Ann Patchett
  3. pp. 13-16
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  1. Miracles and Ice
  2. J. R. Lind
  3. pp. 17-23
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  1. Burned Out
  2. Zach Stafford
  3. pp. 24-33
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  1. An Open Letter
  2. Ben Folds
  3. pp. 34-38
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  1. Demolition Derby
  2. Bobby Allyn
  3. pp. 39-48
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  1. Gimme Shelter
  2. Bobby Allyn
  3. pp. 49-51
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  1. Black Nashville Now and Then
  2. Ron Wynn
  3. pp. 52-59
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  1. Dish Network
  2. Steve Cavendish
  3. pp. 60-84
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  1. Nashville
  2. Tiana Clark
  3. pp. 85-87
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  1. Welcome to Bachelorette City
  2. Steven Hale
  3. pp. 88-96
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  1. Desegregation and Its Discontents
  2. Ansley T. Erickson
  3. pp. 97-108
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  1. Next Big Something
  2. Ashley Spurgeon
  3. pp. 109-115
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  1. Tomato Toss
  2. Richard Lloyd
  3. pp. 116-127
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  1. The End of the Beginning
  2. Carrie Ferguson Weir
  3. pp. 128-133
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  1. Tech of the Town
  2. Steve Haruch
  3. pp. 134-149
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  1. The Promise
  2. Meribah Knight
  3. pp. 150-166
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  1. A Monument the Old South Would Like to Ignore
  2. Margaret Renkl
  3. pp. 167-171
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  1. Who Will Hold the Police Accountable?
  2. Ted Alcorn
  3. pp. 172-189
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  1. Florida Nashville Line
  2. Steve Haruch
  3. pp. 190-198
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  1. Perverse Incentives
  2. Betsy Phillips
  3. pp. 199-206
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Contributors
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