Friday, April 22, 2016 08:00 AM

WITH THE REOPENING OF SKULL'S RAINBOW ROOM IN PRINTERS ALLEY, WE VISIT A STORY OF MUSIC, BURLESQUE, HISTORIC PRESERVATION — AND MURDER

The joke about Nashville's rapid growth is that the city skyline now consists solely of tower cranes.

Traffic is a major issue. Former Mayor Karl Dean was so concerned about the city's outdated public transportation system he tried to take buses to work — but locals stopped to pick him up in their cars.

Things in the rearview mirror are larger than they appear.

"The preservation of historic landmarks in Nashville is in crisis mode," Robbie Jones, past president and current board member of Historic Nashville Inc. told me in January. "The city is growing so fast developers are tearing down historic buildings as quickly as they can, and they're replacing them with condos and office towers. We are under assault."

Recently, the legendary Skull's Rainbow Room — once frequented by the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash — reopened in the formerly seedy downtown Printers Alley. That same area is now the planned site of a boutique hotel, but it was once a part of town that was a hotbed of music, murder and burlesque — even home to a brothel by the name of the Climax Saloon.

David "Skull" Schulman opened his nightclub in 1948 in Printers Alley, the ribald shadow ...

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