Bachelorettes, Bibles and Amazon: is Nashville the perfect model for a second-tier city?
Theguardian.com - Tue 16 Apr 14:50 GMT

No longer simply the country music capital of the world, the city is expanding rapidly – but its unique culture is feeling the strain

Bachelorettes, Bibles and Amazon: is Nashville the perfect model for a second-tier city?

  Nashville, unequivocally, is an economic success story, and not just in recent years, when outlets like the New York Times dubbed it the “it city”.

  “We just hit the perfect time of Nashville becoming a booming city,” Goldsmith yells over live music at the George Jones.

  Nashville’s city council this month approved a $17.5m incentive package for Amazon, despite concerns around how well paid those jobs will turn out to be, and the wider anxieties around Big Tech coming to town that scuppered Amazon’s New York City plans.

  Barnett wonders how many of those jobs will go to city residents versus city transplants and, if the majority of hires fall in the latter category, what it will do to exacerbate Nashville’s economic inequality.

  A proportion of Nashville’s economic rising star can be attributed to the grassroots investment the city has made into its new and existing residents with incentives like the nonprofit Entrepreneur Center, which took shape in 2010.