Friday, May 28, 2004

Walking down Nolensville Road puts a human face on Hispanic Nashville

"Maria Valentin of the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, a nonprofit organization that assists Hispanics with court mediation, walked with me. We began our trek from the Woodbine Community Health Center and headed to Nolensville Road. Back in the early 1970s, I lived in Nolensville when that area was comparatively rural. Today, Nolensville Road is ethnic."

"As in most third-world countries, the weekends on Nolensville Road are street scenes. Hawkers, strolling families, domino players, leaners and sitters gawking and watching the world go by are the attractions. Music drowns out the rumble of the auto. Our urban walk took us into Discoteca Mexico, which, thankfully, has no Britney Spears or Snoop Dog, but instead tunes that will keep the steps light with delight."

"Pick any road in Davidson County and make a few miles. Go slowly, because the urban walk is about learning, not sweating. If you have a plan to walk where there are no sidewalks, call your Metro Council member and ask why there aren't. Meet new friends. Put a human face on the different parts of Nashville, both yours and theirs. I take urban walks, therefore I am."

Nashville Scene

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