This block of Charlotte Avenue is in the heart of the old “New Town” development now known as West Nashville. New Town was designed to be an industrial hub close to the river, railways, and the urban core. Though it is now a part of Nashville, this was originally an independent town with a thriving commercial district.
Though the area is booming, with creative reuse of many historic buildings along the corridor, the 4900 block remains significantly underutilized. Stores sit empty. Windows are boarded up. Buildings that have tenants could use paint. In a neighborhood that is teeming with commercial activity and surrounded by some of the most stable residential historic districts in Nashville, preservationists are hopeful that this stretch of early-twentieth-century commercial buildings will be revitalized before they are lost to time and neglect.