A century ago, the open space behind the Madison Branch of the Nashville Public Library was filled with children at play. It served as the recess grounds for students at the former J. Taylor Stratton School, which once occupied the site.
As the dust settles at The Fairgrounds Nashville, political troops in Nashville’s perpetual redevelopment war have marched three miles north to establish a new front line on the East Bank of the Cumberland River.
Once there was a fairy forest at the end of Woodland Street in East Nashville’s Lockeland Springs neighborhood. Tall old trees caught the breezes as they swayed over fantastic fairy houses that captivated children’s imaginations.