an informal map of the 12 South District of Nashville
Illustration: John S. Dykes

Music City's Revitalized Neighborhood

On certain summer nights in Nashville's 12 South district, as daylight fades and the air begins to cool, the patio behind a gas-station-turned-clothing-shop transforms into an open-air living room. Strings of lights add to the festive atmosphere as families, office workers, career types, artists, and employees from nearby restaurants spread out on Mexican blankets to eat fried-avocado tacos and listen to local musicians play stripped-down acoustic sets.
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