Nashville may be known as Music City USA — and, for a few years now, also as the “it city” for tourism — but how did these nicknames begin?
And if we’re examining what the city is known for, what are the essentials of hot chicken?
In Curious Nashville, we answer your questions about the city and Middle Tennessee region. We investigate oddities, share local history, tell stories of interesting people, and explain how local institutions operate.
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After releasing our latest Curious Nashville episode on what happens when you put the wrong thing in the recycling bin, we started getting questions from more curious listeners about how recycling works in Nashville.
Some were specific (“Can I recycle tin foil?”), others took longer to answer (“Why doesn’t residential recycling pick up more often?”), but we’ve tried to address as many as possible with the help of two recycling experts: Leah Sherry, executive director of Turnip Green Creative Reuse, and Kelly Tipler with Metro Nashville Public Works.
Out in the ridges and thick woods of West Nashville rests an epic remnant of Cold War history. But it is largely unknown.
It’s massive. Mostly underground. Once considered of the utmost importance to the state, but eventually ravaged by mold and vandals. It’s the defunct fallout shelter where Tennessee’s governors would have gone in the case of nuclear attack.
If there’s an unexpected place to find a courtyard garden in Nashville, it’s along First Avenue in downtown. Despite the riverfront access, this is a gritty street with the sensibility of an alley — where businesses have packages delivered and where a row of touristy bars keep their smelly trash cans.
No one really spends much time back there.