Letter to the Editor

Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 11:00pm

I take issue with anyone who calls the fairgrounds a “dump.” It is what it’s supposed to be: an adequate venue for a wide variety of activities enjoyed by tens of thousands of participants. Yes, it is rustic and historic, but that is part of its charm. Anyone who steps in a cow patty while attending the state fair is suffering from the “stuck-up nose” syndrome and needs to get off their high horse.

Posted by “Community-carl” 

24 Comments on this post:

By: gdiafante on 11/19/10 at 7:07

Calling me stuck up won't change the fact that the fairgrounds is a dump.

By: gdiafante on 11/19/10 at 7:38

s/h/b are a dump...

By: girliegirl on 11/19/10 at 8:15

Woohoo! Gdia, you are so correct! It's an eyesore, and it's a dump, whether there are cow patties there or just ....well....folks that look like my East Texas relatives. LMBO

By: Community-carl-... on 11/19/10 at 8:27

The Fairgrounds have been purposely neglected the past couple of years as part of the Dean administration's efforts to build a case for doing away with them. Dean is an intelligent individual who plans and manipulates strategically......the problem is that he has made a conscious choice to disregard the will of the majority of citizens in favor of a minority of elitist, well-connected, and self-serving business persons and interests.

Right now the Fairgrounds has been purposely allowed to deteriorate into a "diamond in the rough" status. But the real truth is, it is a gem that with very little effort and polish could be a very real jewel in Nashville's crown. And there is no denying that the majority of everyday Nashville citizens want to keep it and continue using it for its existing purposes.

Furthermore, if any of the few who feel that it is "beneath their personal standards" to utilize the Fairgrounds, the solution is simple: STAY AWAY!

By: govskeptic on 11/19/10 at 8:28

Metro has probably spent more on just the newly remodeled
Howard Office Building than they've spend on the Fairgrounds
property over the last 20 yrs. Priorties-Priorities---

By: gdiafante on 11/19/10 at 8:34

Nashville spends more money on getting tourists than those who already live here. Case in point: they'll break the bank for a convention center yet cannot update the archaic interstate system around the city.

They'll fight like hell to relocate the flea market/fair to Antioch but take no consideration that the Bell Road/I-24 area is already one of the worst traffic areas in Middle Tennessee.

In other words, they're idiots.

By: Community-carl-... on 11/19/10 at 8:39

govskeptic & gdiafante:

Thank you for your excellent points....I'm in full agreement.

By: walkabout on 11/19/10 at 8:51

You're right. It's not a dump....it's a neighborhood EYE SORE and and invitation for criminal activity.

By: Community-carl-... on 11/19/10 at 9:21

Hey walkabout,

First of all, the Fairgrounds is not the worst eyesore in that area of town, and it certainly isn't the main hub of criminal activity over there either. Get your facts straight.

By: bfra on 11/19/10 at 9:54

walkabout - What criminal activity? Give some dates & times. Areas around the Fairgrounds are more dumpy than the Fairgrounds. If residents would spend as much time cleaning around their own doors as they do blasting the Fairgrounds, that would help.

By: gdiafante on 11/19/10 at 10:02

Bfra, why do you take it so personally that some people don't like the fairgrounds? Are you that insecure?

By: bfra on 11/19/10 at 10:17

g - That is a dumb comment! How is supporting a "public" historical landmark, taking something personal. It isn't my property, it belongs to every legal citizen in TN.

By: gdiafante on 11/19/10 at 10:26

No more "dumb" than wanting specific dates and times. Absurd is more accurate...

By the way, it's a dump...lol

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 11/19/10 at 10:28

Tell 'ya what gdiafante, I take it personally too. I've lived in Nashville all my life and I get tired of seeing outsiders come in here and remove the things that I like. People like Mayor Dean and some on the council don't have any history in Nashville so it doesn't mean anything to them at all. That's understandable but those of us that care will have to fight to keep what we want. Most of us have good memories of the fairgrounds and it's varied activities. Your correct it needs fixing up, but that's what needs to happen, not tearing it down or moving any of it. A competent mayor and council would see this and act on it for the betterment of the citizens of the city. Actually, a competent administration and council or at least the councilperson for that district would have brought it up himself! And while we are at it, yeah bringing back Fair Park would be a real plus for the area and the city.

By: karlwithak on 11/19/10 at 10:58

Anyone that calls the Fairgrounds a dump needs to look no further that right downtown, In our core, next to our beloved Titans stadium to see PSC metals.

All those overhead shots on national TV during the Titans games show it.

How valuable is THAT land ?

How many acres is it ?

How much pollution is being dumped from there DIRECTLY into the cumberland river and davidson county's drinking water source ?

priorities people

By: Community-carl-... on 11/19/10 at 2:12

Hey judyboodo,

I like the way you think!

If the Mayor and his administration would concentrate efforts on what the majority of the Nashville citizens want and need, (rather than tourists and outsiders) most of our current and long term issues would solve themselves, and we would ultimately have a win-win situation for residents and tourists. But until the Mayor truly hears and responds to the people who elected him, Nashville will never truly reach its full potential. (A great deal of that potential includes being true its roots.)

Karl Dean needs to stop thinking like a ruthless lawyer, and needs to develop a heart for us Nashville citizens.......and that means saving the Fairgrounds and related activities, and back off using public funds to bail out a failing private business enterprise (HH.Mall).

By: house_of_pain on 11/19/10 at 3:06

Off-topic division...
Big thanks to the Nashville Scene/City Paper. I won passes(on my birthday, no less) to the sneak peek party at Margaritaville tomorrow night. Now if I can only find a babysitter...any volunteers?

By: AmyLiorate on 11/19/10 at 3:10

You need a sitter for your wife so that you and I can attend? That's the way I'm reading it ;)

By: AmyLiorate on 11/19/10 at 3:12

har har har Community Carl thinks that Mayor Dean, a lawyer, should develop a heart.

If he, or any one else did that, they couldn't be a lawyer anymore!

By: Community-carl-... on 11/19/10 at 3:42

What was I thinking !?!?!?! However, the fact remains that Dean is the Mayor of Nashville, and that should take prioriity over his need to function like a ruthless lawyer. ......... but Hell will probably freeze over first..................

By: bfra on 11/19/10 at 4:14

IMO - Karl is motivated more by greed & money, than anything else.

By: Community-carl-... on 11/19/10 at 4:28


Based on personal experience, I think you are exactly right.

( Is anybody else out there missing Community Education yet? )

By: MAmom on 11/19/10 at 11:17

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The Fairgrounds are a beautiful place to me.

Not because of it's appearance. It's physical appearance has been been intentionally neglected & allowed to deteriorate during the last few Metro administrations (think Reibeling & the sycophants on the Fair Board).

The Fairgrounds are beautiful to me because of INTANGIBLE things:
-it is informal,
-it is spacious and sprawling (although it may be dusty),
-it is a place where people from ALL strata of society can interact,
-it is a place you can bring your (well behaved) pets.
-it is a great place for racing and other sports,
-it has history and character,
-it is a place where you don't have to use your 'indoor' voice,
-it is a place where you feel free,
-it is a COMMONS AREA for humble people (snooty people don't go to a Fairgrounds & Flea Markets).

Besides that... it is probably the best place in Nashville to get neat & precious things at a reasonable cost. The biggest events are the Flea Markets, but there are also many weekend shows whose vendors are collectors and experts in their fields You can find incredible, reasonably-priced stuff at the: gem and mineral shows, garden shows, bead shows, gun shows, knife shows, antique shows, car shows, boat shows, home shows, etc. Even with all the recent uncertainty surrounding the Fairgrounds - there were approximately 260 events last year.

To me Hickory Hollow and most malls are dumps. They are all variations on a common theme, phony and pretentious, and full of shiny plastic stuff.


The Fairgrounds were given to the people of Nashville to use for State Fair and other entertainment purposes. It has been treasured for generations. And if managed honestly and objectively, could be even better in the future.

If you OBJECT to any part of Dean's Fairgrounds "redevelopment" plan, the multi-million dollar debt to lease Hickory Hollow, moving the Flea Market/Expo to an inappropriate location, depriving the State Fair of a home, etc.:

1. Call, email, and write to Metro Counci members and let them know how you feel about the "redevelopment" plans,
2. Talk about this with your friends,
3. Attend the next Council meeting,
4. Remember the names of the Councilmen and women who vote for "redevelopment".

By: dargent7 on 11/20/10 at 8:27

Sat. 11/20
"pain"...I'd be happy to baby sit your kid.
But, do you really want a Detroit Lions and Red Wing fan anywhere near your children?
Margarittaville will become practically my 2nd office. The signage is beautiful. Went up yesterday.
God Bless Jimmy Buffett. Parrotts, too.