The North Capitol neighborhood is hard to miss as there are no obstacles that block its view from anywhere else in the city.
What's more, the downtown area of Nashville bounds this neighborhood, starting from the edge of the Cumberland River and continuing to 8th Avenue and then extending south to Charlotte and north to Jefferson Avenue.
The Sulphur Dell, the Market District, and the Black Business District are some of the former names that locals used to call the neighborhood. It used to have a predominant location intended for industrial businesses, rundown shanties, and African American homes & businesses. The year 1949 changed this when the Capitol Hill Redevelopment Project, a postwar urban renewal program in the nation, was launched by the city.
The program eradicated nearly everything of the North Capitol neighborhood, including a majority of the African American area. While an important project that provided many advantages for the city, the Capitol Hill Redevelopment Project was considered by numerous local inhabitants detrimental especially to much of the tradition, history, and culture of African Americans in Nashville.
Over the years, new buildings have been constructed and introduced new places of interest. Fine examples include the Nashville Farmers Market, the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, and the Bicentennial Mall. Although there are already a handful of excellent residential and urban style houses in the area, the neighborhood is optimal for and prepared to undergo another urban development. Once fully developed, the district will undoubtedly pave the way north into northern Nashville and the Historic Germantown.
Neighborhood Places of Interest:
- The Stock-Yard restaurant primarily serves steaks and lobster and offers complimentary transportation. It has a nice old fashioned steakhouse ambiance.
- Nashville Municipal Auditorium is an indoor sports and concert venue recommended for entertainment, with many events held here for 50 years and running.
- Nashville Farmers Market mainly sells organic and fresh food that are locally grown.
- The Riverfront Park slopes downhill and is a great area for leisure walks especially when there are ongoing events.
- Harrison Square is home to varied residential homes including town houses, condos, and apartments.
- Tennessee State Archives contains a diversion collection of church records and a great library of genealogy records. It is home to countless pictures and photos that portray the rich and diverse history of Tennessee.
- The Bicentennial Park, as its name suggests, was constructed to honor and remember the state’s 200th year anniversary. It bears resemblance to the Mall in Washington, DC.
- Tennessee State Capitol is home of the state legislature and the office of the governor. It is considered a National Historic Landmark.
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