It happened again. I signed up for something called “Nashville Almost Free” where they mail you cool coupons for local businesses. The catch seems to be that you get email on a daily basis advertising local businesses. Not too shabby, really.
But then the company–Savvy Avenue–behind this project asked me to take a short survey. After the typical questions about my age and income we got to the dreaded “What Area Do You Live In?” question. They had every niche of Nashville covered, from the bohemian digs around the Gulch to Downtown to Demonbreun to 12 South…everything you could ever want from a six-block radius. To be fair I think they also listed West End, Belle Meade, Bellevue and a few other suburbs.
Then they listed…Franklin. A completely different city with its own mayor and governmental body. Its own fire department and police department. Its own school system paid for with taxes from a county entirely separate from the the county Nashville is in.
No Donelson–a suburb of Nashville.
No Hermitage–a suburb of Nashville.
I’m not sure but I don’t think Antioch was on there either. Brentwood was, so I guess you could lie and pretend you were in “Brentioch”.
So once again, Franklin is part of the Cool Kids’ version of Nashville, while they omit the neighbourhoods they’d apparently like to pretend don’t exist.
I suppose I could follow Aunt B.’s lead and take the opportunity to dissuade folks from moving to our very nice and quasi-pastoral neighbourhood. I’m honestly torn between wanting Hermitage to be a well-kept secret and wanting to let the rest of Nashville know that those of us out here by Percy Priest Lake don’t live in East Cracktown.